Slaughter spoke with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday and learned of the $15 million for the project. The money is in addition to the nearly $3 million Slaughter set aside from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and extra stimulus. City, state and federal officials want to build on the site of the current Amtrak train station on Central Avenue. Construction would happen in two phases, starting with rail service and then adding Trailways and Greyhound bus terminals.
Experts say over the past five years, rail ridership has increased by 40 percent. With the addition of the new station, they predict that ridership to double by 2035.