Birmingham, AL (BHM)
Adjacent to popular Railroad Park, the Birmingham Intermodal Facility is also within close proximity to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
1801 Morris Ave.
Birmingham Intermodal Facility
Birmingham, AL 35203
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 42,512
- Facility Ownership: Forthcoming
- Parking Lot Ownership: Forthcoming
- Platform Ownership: Forthcoming
- Track Ownership: CSXT
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
Amtrak moved into the new Birmingham Intermodal Facility in late January 2018. The modern station brings together Amtrak, local and intercity buses and shuttles in one convenient location on the southern end of downtown. The Birmingham City Council approved a contract to begin infrastructure work for the intermodal facility in October 2013. The complex, which spans the blocks between the railroad viaduct and Morris Avenue from 16th to 19th Streets, replaced smaller Amtrak and MAX bus stations. Amtrak was formerly located in a remnant of the old Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) station.
Two structures stand on the eastern end of the property: one houses a large waiting area for Amtrak and intercity bus passengers while the other provides space for local MAX bus passengers; parking occupies the west end. Abundant natural light floods the interiors of the glass-enclosed buildings designed by Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio and Hoskins Architecture. A wide, overhanging roof protects travelers and pedestrians from the hot summer sun and inclement weather. Space for retail and restaurants will help generate activity throughout the day and evening. The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority also maintains offices at the station.
The approximately $32 million project was funded through $23.6 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities program and $6 million in city funds obtained through a voter-approved bond initiative.
On the south side of the railroad viaduct is Railroad Park, a transformation of former industrial land into a 19-acre greenspace that opened in 2010. The parcel was reshaped to create small hills and a lake, and more than 600 hardwoods, evergreens and flowering trees frame an amphitheater, playgrounds and grassy fields.
A walking path edged with native wildflowers follows the ridge of the hills and rises to the level of the viaduct, thereby affording railroad enthusiasts with sweeping views of the passing freight and passenger trains. Hand cast bricks and cobblestones unearthed on site were used to construct benches and other features, providing continuity between the past and present uses of the land. Wood paneled structures, including a park office and café, were designed to evoke the look of boxcars.
Birmingham began as the village of Elyton, which was a small pioneer farm settlement, little remarked upon and ignored in the battles of the Civil War. It was after the war that the railroads and land barons built a town they named after England’s industrial giant, Birmingham, when real estate promoters sold lots near the planned crossing of the Alabama & Chattanooga and South & North railroads. The original city plan encompassed over 1,160 acres, including an industrial zone and underpasses for the railroad beds.
On April 6, 1909, the magnificent Birmingham Passenger Terminal Station, having been built for the then-remarkable sum of $3 million, opened as a replacement for an older Union Station. Covering 10 square blocks, its free-standing dome was flanked by twin towers; this newer station was a magnificent example of Byzantine-Turkish style architecture.
The Birmingham Terminal served six railroads—all of those passing through the city except for the L&N and the Atlantic Coast Line—as well as the U.S. Post Office’s mail facility and Railway Express Agency. Even after the peak years during World War II, the terminal handled 42 daily train departures through much of the 1950s. After the terminal closed in 1969, this “Great Temple of Travel” was razed to the ground.
Through the mid-20th century, Birmingham was the industrial giant of the American South. Formally organized in 1871, the town quickly became a commercial center because of the natural abundance of coal, iron ore and limestone within the area—all necessary ingredients for making steel. Its rapid growth as an industrial hub earned it the nickname, “the Magic City.” In the later 20th century, its economy diversified: large-scale banking, insurance, medicine, publishing and biotechnology all have come to the city. Today, Birmingham is recognized as one of the top cities for income growth in the South.
Birmingham also became a center of the struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. A watershed in the civil rights movement occurred in 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were invited to Birmingham for a series of protests that eventually led to the desegregation of public accommodations in Birmingham, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1978, then-Mayor David Vann proposed creating a civil rights museum in Birmingham; by 1990, the city council incorporated a 15-member board of directors for the Civil Rights Institute, which opened to the public in November 1992.
Birmingham has also been home to a long list of celebrities, including Willie Mays, Nat King Cole, Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Hank Williams Jr. and Fannie Flagg.
Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 0 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags equivalent to 'left luggage' in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.