Good Jobs First, a non-profit organization promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth programs, recently released two case studies on the economic impacts of intermodal station projects. The two facilities highlighted are Uptown Station in Normal, Ill., and Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn. Both were partially funded through federal grants including the U.S. DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery(TIGER) program.
According to Good Jobs First, the construction of Uptown Station, which connects Amtrak, local transit, intercity buses, bicycling, autos and pedestrians, created approximately 140,000 hours of work for skilled construction workers. They represented at least 13 different crafts and included iron workers, electricians, bricklayers, plumbers and sheet metal workers. In addition to a passenger waiting area, Uptown Station includes city council chambers, municipal offices and commercial space. Private spinoff development anchored by the transit center totals $220 million.
Read the full Uptown Station case study here.
In St. Paul, the restoration of historic Union Depot created 660,000 hours of work for about 2,000 workers in at least 13 different crafts. The station consists of an historic 1923 structure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and an addition. It integrates Amtrak, local and intercity bus, pedestrian, bicycle, personal vehicle and light rail access.
Read the full St. Paul Union Depot case study here.