The final piece of the restoration and relocation of the more than 130-year-old Waterloo Depot is complete. The Town Council of Waterloo announced the installation of two public information display systems, or PIDS, at the Amtrak station, giving passengers real-time updates on expected arrival times.
Officials cut the ribbon on the station in June. Restoration work was completed in 2010 and the building was moved earlier this year to bring the depot closer to the Amtrak boarding platform. The decade-long effort also included the construction of a parking lot, sidewalks, landscaping, the addition of street lighting and implementing modern ADA features.
"The Waterloo Train Depot was built in 1883 and has played a central role in Waterloo’s history. It will once again play a significant role in its future," said Town Council President David Bolton. "I believe that ridership will increase as a result, as it’s a big upgrade from waiting in the bus hut."
The town says more than 20,000 Amtrak passengers use the train depot annually. The project was funded by a number of grants, including a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.