- Houston (Amtrak station)
name=Houston Amtrak Station (Grand Central Station)
address=902 Washington Ave
line=rail color box|system=Amtrak|line=Sunset Limited
other=Greyhound, METRO Bus, and
platform=1 side platform, 1 island platform, several abandoned island platforms
tracks=two active, seven abandoned, two storage spurs
owned=Union Pacific Railroad
Sunset Limited, Thruway Motorcoachservice to Longview, Trailways service to Galveston, Private Charter
The Houston Amtrak station is a train station in Houston,
Texas, United Statesserved by Amtrak, the U.S. national railroad passenger system.
Originally built as the
Southern Pacific RailroadStation, when Amtrak was created it was one of two train stations in Houston that served Amtrak trains, the other being Union Station, which is now part of Minute Maid Park. All Amtrak trains were moved to Southern Pacific Station over the course of the late seventies, and all trains were either canceled or rerouted out of Houston except the Sunset Limited. This station continued to be owned and operated by the Southern Pacific Railroadeven after the creation of Amtrak, and to this day is owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroadsince the merger of Southern Pacific and Union Pacific.
A third station, the
Katy RailroadDepot, was located at the top of the Main Street viaduct, next to the nowrap| University of Houston–Downtown. It has never served Amtrak, and has been demolished, except for part of the platform which still exists under the main street viaduct.
Intermodal Transit Center
In 2012, the current Amtrak station will be replaced by the
Houston Intermodal Transit Center, Located just north of Downtown, on the Union Pacific Main line. It will be a much larger facility, with the tracks running underground, similar the design of Penn Station in New York.
Thruway Motorcoachconnection to the Texas Eagleat Longview
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas(METRO) bus service
Greyhound Bus Linesservice [http://www.greyhound.com/scripts/en/TicketCenter/locations.asp?state=tx]
* [http://www.trainweb.org/usarail/houston.htm Houston Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)]
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