Jan 28, 2024 - News

🚂 Gateway Station's progress

Charlotte's Amtrak station on North Tryon was built in 1962,

A train at Charlotte's Amtrak station on North Tryon. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

I recently rode the train to Raleigh with a few Axios colleagues, and we marveled at how modern and comfortable the city's downtown train station is. We even used some of the tables as a coworking space.

  • The experience got me thinking about Charlotte's planned Gateway Station in Uptown.
Raleigh's downtown train station
Raleigh Union Station opened in 2018. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Flashback: It's been more than a year since the first test trains rolled through Gateway Station, marking the end of the first phase of construction of the Uptown rail hub that'll one day replace Charlotte's outdated Amtrak station on North Tryon.

Why it matters: Gateway Station at Trade and Graham streets will be a large mixed-use project, incorporating hospitality, shops, residential towers and office towers into a multimodal transit center.

  • The station will provide access to city buses and the Gold Line, as well as Amtrak trains, ride-sharing services and the proposed Silver Line light rail and Red Line commuter train.
  • But nearly six years after the project broke ground, key questions remain, including what it'll look like and when it'll be operational for passengers.

Between the lines: Gateway Station's first phase consisted of the state building out infrastructure. You can see the elevated platforms NCDOT completed if you're standing on Graham and Trade, looking away from Uptown toward Johnson & Wales.

  • Its second phase is a public-private partnership among the state, the city and a private development partnership with Charlotte-based The Spectrum Companies and Republic Metropolitan.

What he's saying: "It's progressing nicely, and we are looking forward to getting to the point where we can share where we are with everybody," Joe Bender, ReMet's director of commercial development, told Axios.

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