Amtrak’s passenger service in the Twin Cities finally will shift to St. Paul’s restored Union Depot on May 7.
The service, with daily trains heading east and west, has been operating for years from a small station in St. Paul’s Midway area. But the return of Amtrak to downtown St. Paul was a major goal of the $243 million renovation of the Union Depot, completed at the end of 2012. Logistics have delayed the Amtrak switch, though.
Starting May 7, the westbound train is scheduled to arrive in downtown St. Paul at 10:03 p.m. and depart at 10:10 p.m.
Starting May 8, the eastbound train will arrive 7:52 a.m. and depart at 8 a.m.
Metro buses also use the Union Depot, and there will be a station there for the new Green Line light rail connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis when it starts running this summer.