Lapeer, MI (LPE)
The wood-frame depot was built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad; a series of renovations has enhanced its historic charm. Today it also hosts community events.
73 Howard Street
Lapeer, MI 48446
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 9,396
- Facility Ownership: City of Lapeer
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Lapeer
- Platform Ownership: Canadian National Illinois Central (Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co.)
- Track Ownership: Canadian National Illinois Central (Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co.)
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Lapeer depot was built in 1906 for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW, succeeded by Canadian National). The wood-framed clapboard-sided structure was built to one of the railroad’s standard depot plans, with a central tower facing the platform and a wing on either side. Wide eaves from the hipped roof provide shelter from the elements for passengers.
In 1990, the city completed renovations to depot including roof and window repair, making changes for Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, restroom renovations, adding waiting room benches, and putting in a new wood floor and a new platform. This project was funded by a $110,000 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Urban and Public Transportation (UPTRAN) grant and $20,000 from Amtrak. The station’s landscaping was improved the next year and pavement in the parking lot repaired with $35,000 of the city’s funds.
The city invested in a historic restoration in 2004 in which they replaced the tower and roof, painted and stained the interior and exterior in period colors, and replaced gutters, lights, signage and trim. This $222,000 project was funded by $144,000 from an MDOT Transportation Enhancement (historic) grant and $78,000 from the city.
Currently, the unstaffed depot waiting room is open for train arrivals and departures. The Lapeer Community Center oversees the use of the station and uses it for community events as well as renting the space for private functions.
American settlers arrived at this area along a south branch of the Flint River from New York State as early as 1828. Lapeer was first platted by Alvin N. Hart of Connecticut on November 8, 1833. The second settlement, close to the first but divided by a tamarack swamp, was that of Enoch White of Massachusetts, who arrived in 1833 as well to found Whiteville, now the western portion of the city. The family lends its name to a neighborhood in Lapeer, as well as the former courthouse (and later opera house). Lapeer was incorporated as a village in 1858 and as a city in 1869.
Lapeer’s early industry consisted principally of lumbering, which attracted the business of the Grand Trunk Railroad and the Michigan Central Railroad. The Grand Trunk came to Lapeer first, in December, 1871, followed by the Detroit and Bay City (succeeded by the Michigan Central) in 1872. A small (1.34 mile) switching line, the Lapeer Industrial Railroad, also operates in the city—providing out-of-town rail buffs an unexpected LIRR sign or two. The Michigan Central passenger station still stands in Lapeer, but now houses business offices.
Today, the city and county of Lapeer are home to automotive components and plastics manufacturing, as well as dairy farming. Every August the city hosts the Lapeer Days Festival, which spans five days with a parade, carnival attractions, agricultural and craft displays, a classic car show, and more.
The Amtrak Blue Water trains are financed primarily through funds made available by the Michigan State Department of Transportation. Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at the Lapeer station, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 6 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.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.