Toledo, Ohio’s rail terminal reviving as it hits 65th year

September 21, 2015

When Central Union Terminal opened in 1950, it was the hub of intercity travel in Toledo, with more than four dozen trains operated by four railroads originating, terminating, or stopping there on a typical day.

Today, the daily train count is just four, and for a time during the early 1970s it was zero.

But local officials, led by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, staved off a proposal in the early 1990s to move Amtrak’s local station into smaller, less costly quarters and renovated the boxy, glass-themed structure on Emerald Avenue instead.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

On Tuesday, a ceremony and exhibit at the building known since 2001 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza will mark its 65th anniversary. And next spring, it should regain its status as the busiest intercity public-transport facility in Toledo, when Greyhound moves its local bus station there.

“We do plan to move to the train station in the spring of 2016,” Lanesha Gipson, a Greyhound spokesman, said last week after a port authority official said a tentative agreement had been reached with the bus line.

Joe Cappel, the port authority’s vice president for business development, said the agency is still negotiating a new lease with Amtrak to complement the Greyhound lease, but action on both agreements could be taken at any of several upcoming meetings of the port’s board of directors.

Port President Paul Toth and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) are among those scheduled to speak during the anniversary event, which will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with refreshments offered.

Read Toledo Blade staff writer David Patch’s full story by clicking here.


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