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Daily Bee article: Sandpoint Depot’s future still uncertain

Excerpt from article by Connor Christofferson published in Daily Bee on 9/17/09:

SANDPOINT — The fate of Sandpoint’s deteriorating train depot was topic number one at a Wednesday forum hosted by Amtrak and attended by an assortment of local officials.

The meeting was designed to bring all parties together to discuss the historic depot’s future but BNSF, which owns the structure, did not send a representative

Even without BNSF, the meeting attracted officials from Amtrak, the City Council and the Idaho Transportation Department, as well as liaisons for U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. State Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle also attended

The 93-year old depot currently serves Amtrak’s Empire Builder route running from Chicago to the West Coast, but company officials have publicly stated Amtrak could abandon the station in favor of a smaller stop located either immediately north or south of Sandpoint.

Amtrak’s John Bennett led the meeting and outlined his company’s concern with keeping a stop at the depot. He cited accessibility and parking issues, as well as… Read the entire article.

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