Union Station (Utica, New York)

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Boehlert Transportation Center
Utica, NY
Utica Union Station.jpg
Utica Union Station in 2010
Location321 Main Street, Utica, New York
Owned byOneida County
Line(s)Empire Corridor (Mohawk Subdivision)
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsBus transport CENTRO of Oneida: 12
Bus transport Greyhound
Bus transport Birnie Bus Services
Bus transport Adirondack Trailways
Bus transport Chenango Valley Bus Company
Construction
ParkingYes; free
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeUCA
History
OpenedApril 1914 [1]
Rebuilt1978
Traffic
Passengers (2018)60,330[2]Increase 0.77%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Rome Empire Service Amsterdam
toward New York
Rome Maple Leaf
Syracuse
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited Schenectady
Preceding station Adirondack Scenic Railroad Following station
Terminus Main Line Holland Patent
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Syracuse
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Colonie–Schenectady
Rome Niagara Rainbow Amsterdam
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Terminus Utica Branch New Hartford
toward Binghamton
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
Whitesboro
toward Chicago
Main Line North Frankfort
toward New York
Terminus Adirondack Division Marcy
toward Montreal
St. Lawrence Division Marcy
toward Ogdensburg
Rome
toward Oswego
OswegoUtica
(via Richland)
Terminus
Union Station
Union Station (Utica, New York) is located in New York
Union Station (Utica, New York)
Union Station (Utica, New York) is located in the United States
Union Station (Utica, New York)
LocationMain St. between John and 1st Sts., Utica, New York
Coordinates43°6′15″N 75°13′24″W / 43.10417°N 75.22333°W / 43.10417; -75.22333Coordinates: 43°6′15″N 75°13′24″W / 43.10417°N 75.22333°W / 43.10417; -75.22333
Area1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built1914
ArchitectStem & Fellheimer
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference No.75001215[3]
Added to NRHPApril 28, 1975

The Boehlert Transportation Center at Union Station is a train station served by Amtrak and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica, New York. It is owned by Oneida County, and named for retired U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford.

The station was built in the Italianate style and includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above. Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are thirteen bays across the façade and fifteen on the side elevations. A brick parapet crowns the building; over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures. The Utica station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[4]

Inside is a restaurant and a barber shop, one of the few barber shops in a train station today.[5] The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) waiting room's 47-foot-high (14 m) vaulted ceiling is supported by 34 marble columns. The station's blueprints called for the importing of columns that originally adorned Grand Central Station in New York City. Eight large benches are heated with steam pipes and vents.

A total of eight Amtrak trains use the station daily: two trains (one eastbound, one westbound) on the Lake Shore Limited, four trains (two in each direction) on the Empire Service, and two trains (one in each direction) on the Maple Leaf. In addition, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad operates a heritage railway from Utica to Holland Patent, Remsen, and Old Forge on a seasonal basis.[6]

History[edit]

Interior architectural features (columns & arches)

The station was built between 1912 and May 1914, replacing an older structure dating from 1869. The building was designed by New York architects Stem and Fellheimer.[7] Construction involved the rerouting of the Mohawk River. The Mohawk River was relocated due to the risk of flooding and the proximity of the river to the railroad, which had become a problem for the expanding city.[8] Built as a New York Central Railroad station, in 1915 it became tenanted by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario and Western Railway as well, those two companies abandoning their structures.

At one time, the waiting room also contained three ticket windows, an information office, 15 pay telephones, a Western Union office, two shoeshine stands, a bar and grill. The Western Union Office is no longer there.[citation needed]

As originally built, the station featured six island platforms with one alighting platform directly accessible from the station building, serving 12 tracks for New York Central Railroad trains; these were numbered 5 through 16 from south to north. (Tracks 1 and 2 were, respectively, the eastbound and westbound mainline for non-stop trains between Tracks 10 and 11, while Tracks 3 and 4 ran through the yards north of the station proper.) One additional dead-end island platform on the west side of the station building served the New York, Ontario and Western Railway (southern track) and Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (northern track), for a grand total of eight platforms serving 14 tracks. All platforms were linked by an underground passageway.

Postwar reductions in passenger traffic led to service cuts and the eventual bankruptcy of all three railroads, leaving only the mainline Water Level Route (the modern Amtrak Empire Corridor) with regular passenger service by the 1970s. Over time, all but the two centermost platforms were demolished, and the space originally occupied by the first seven station-side tracks was converted into passenger parking.

The station's restoration began in 1978, but refurbishing/restoration work continues to this day. The building is listed on the NRHP, both as a stand-alone item and as part of Bagg's Square East National Register Historic District. [1]

Design[edit]

The interior of the large waiting room features extensive use of marble columns and revetments with terrazzo flooring throughout. "The original waiting room benches, which ingeniously incorporate the heating system, remain in use." [1]

Station layout[edit]

As it currently exists, Union Station has one side platform (originally the third island platform), accessible directly from the parking lot, serving eastbound Amtrak trains on Track 2 (the former Track 10); and one island platform (slightly widened from its original dimensions) serving westbound Amtrak trains on Track 1 (former Track 11) and Adirondack Scenic Railroad trains on the northern side (former Track 13). These are linked by an aerial walkway, constructed during station renovations at the turn of the 21st century.

The rear of Union Station with an Adirondack Scenic Railroad train approaching
G Street level Exit/entrance and station building
P
Platform level
     Adirondack Scenic Railroad seasonal service →
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1      Empire Service toward Niagara Falls (Rome)
     Maple Leaf toward Toronto (Rome)
     Lake Shore Limited toward Chicago (Syracuse)
Track 2      Lake Shore Limited toward New York or Boston (Schenectady)
     Empire Service, Maple Leaf toward New York (Schenectady)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access

Bus service[edit]

Bus companies serving the station, one of the first intermodal facilities in the state[citation needed], include the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "UNION STATION, MAIN ST, UTICA NY". Cultural Resource Information Resource. State of New York. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2018, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "Utica Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Union Station Barber Shop on Facebook
  6. ^ Utica's Union Station (Adirondack Scenic Railroad) Archived February 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Potter, Janet Greenstein (1996). Great American Railroad Stations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 184. ISBN 978-0471143895.
  8. ^ Olney, Stephen S. (1987). Union Station, Utica, New York.

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