Union Station (now renamed Eddie Bernie Johnson Union Station in honor of the transportation advocate in Congress) turned 100 years old this week, and a centennial celebration was held for the Dallas icon. Mayor Mike Rawlings and other city leaders gathered Monday to honor the station. The $6.5 million project in 1916 unified a divided rail system.
After experiencing a decline, there has been a resurgence in rail ridership over the last several years. More people are choosing to travel on DART, the TRE and Amtrak. According to a state rail advocate, growing populations in the Metroplex are choking the DFW area’s highways with traffic. That has people looking for other ways to travel.
Plus, with a high-speed rail planned for Dallas within the next few years, Union Station will be even more critical than ever.
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