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Sandpoint Depot to remain. Refurbishment on track.

Press release I just received from the City of Sandpoint:

BNSF Railway Company, Amtrak and City of Sandpoint agree: Historic depot is best alternative for continued Amtrak service to Sandpoint area.

Sandpoint Train StationSandpoint, ID, June 22, 2011:

BNSF Railway Company, Amtrak and the City of Sandpoint have agreed in principle to maintain passenger railroad service in downtown Sandpoint. Fruitful negotiations between the parties over the past two years have culminated in general agreement to refurbish the existing historic depot for continued use as a passenger railroad station.

BNSF, owner of the depot, has agreed to lease the structure and platform to Amtrak. Amtrak, in turn, will sub-lease to the City of Sandpoint. Funds to refurbish the depot come from a one-time payment from the Idaho Transportation Department that fulfils a requirement of the Sand Creek Byway’s Environmental Impact Statement.

Sandpoint Councilmembers Carrie Logan and John Reuter spearheaded the negotiations. “Negotiations are rarely easy, but once BNSF and Amtrak realized how committed Sandpoint was to keeping the depot in town, the parties agreed to make this happen,” according to Logan.

Upon completion of written agreements the City of Sandpoint will begin design and construction of the refurbishment project.

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