New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

New Orleans, Louisiana
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General information
Location1001 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Coordinates29°56′46″N 90°04′43″W / 29.94611°N 90.07861°W / 29.94611; -90.07861Coordinates:29°56′46″N 90°04′43″W / 29.94611°N 90.07861°W / 29.94611; -90.07861
Owned byCity of New Orleans
Platforms4 island platforms
Tracks6 (formerly 9+)
Train operatorsAmtrak
Bus stands16
Bus operatorsGreyhound Lines, Megabus
ConnectionsHeritage streetcar  Rampart–St. Claude Streetcar Line
Bus transport New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
Construction
Parking180 long term spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: NOL
History
Opened1954
Rebuilt2005 (renovation)
Passengers
FY2019151,977[1] (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding stationBSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg AmtrakFollowing station
TerminusCity of New OrleansHammond
toward Chicago
CrescentSlidell
toward New York
SchrieverSunset LimitedTerminus
Former services
Preceding stationBSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg AmtrakFollowing station
SchrieverSunset Limited
(1993–2005)
Bay St. Louis
toward Orlando or Miami
TerminusGulf Coast LimitedBay St. Louis
(1996–1997)
toward Mobile
East New Orleans
(1984–1985)
toward Mobile
Location
New Orleans, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Location within Louisiana

New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOUPT) is an intermodal facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. Located at 1001 Loyola Avenue, it is served by Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, Megabus, and NORTA with direct connections to the Rampart–St. Claude Streetcar Line.

The station is the major southern terminus hub for Amtrak, serving three long-distance trains, the City of New Orleans, the Crescent, and the Sunset Limited. Between 1993 and the strike of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Sunset Limited continued east to Florida. Since the hurricane, New Orleans has been the eastern terminus of the route, although in 2016 Amtrak did propose bringing back service east of New Orleans.

Amtrak also operates a coach and engine yard near the terminal.

History

The Kansas City Southern Railway's Flying Crow at New Orleans Union Terminal on November 22, 1967

Union Passenger Terminal was built just west of the older New Orleans Union Station to consolidate the city's passenger rail operations. Previously, New Orleans had been served by five stations–Union Station, the Southern Railway Terminal, T&P Station, Louisiana & Arkansas Station, and Louisville & Nashville Station.

Parts of the station property also are over what once was the turning basin for the New Basin Canal. The main lead track to the terminal follows the path of the old canal (which was filled in) and the Pontchartrain Expressway/I-10.

NOUPT was designed in 1949 by the New Orleans architectural firms of Wogan and Bernard, Jules K. de la Vergne, and August Perez and Associates. When it opened in 1954, it was considered an ultramodern facility, completed just at the time that air travel was taking off at the expense of rail travel.[2]

Interior of New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

The stub-end terminal consists of covered platforms and a modern waiting hall. A 120-foot (37 m) long mural of Louisiana and New Orleans history, painted by Conrad A. Albrizio with the assistance of James Fisher,[3] was restored after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The freight and express houses are now the domain of the Smoothie King Center and Main Post Office.

In the 1970s, parts of two platforms were shortened to allow for Greyhound Lines to move its service there, creating an intermodal facility.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Amtrak provided the first commercial transportation out of New Orleans. During the recovery efforts, the bus station at NOUPT was used for a temporary jail nicknamed Camp Greyhound.

In January 2013, the station became the terminus for the new mile-long Loyola Avenue-Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar Line connecting Canal Street with the Central Business District and destinations such as the Superdome. The $52 million project was largely funded through a $45 million Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded to the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation.[4]

Megabus started operations at the Union Passenger Terminal in 2015.

Gulf Coast regional officials have been advocating for restoration of daily train service between New Orleans and Florida since 2016.[5][6]

In February 2021, it was announced that passenger rail service would return to the Gulf Coast with an Amtrak route from New Orleans to Mobile; stops include Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula. Service is expected to begin in 2022.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2019: State of Louisiana" (PDF). Amtrak. May 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  2. ^ *"Centralization in the Crescent City". Classic Trains Magazine. 11 (4). Winter 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Crescent City Choo Choo Page Four". New Orleans Public Library. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  4. ^ "New Orleans, LA – Union Passenger Terminal (NOL)". Great American Stations. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  5. ^ Hampton, Paul (19 July 2017). "Gulf Coast leaders push to restore passenger train service with two New Orleans routes". The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved 5 January 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Amtrak, officials taking tour for potential New Orleans to Orlando rail service". The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Amtrak set to return to Gulf Coast in 2022 with 4 stops in South Mississippi". WLOX News. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 5 January 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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L&A (Louisiana and Arkansas Railway) Train 10, The Flying Crow, at New Orleans Union Terminal on November 22, 1967.

A Roger Puta Photograph

A New Orleans railfan comments: "It's more likely the KCS "Southern Belle," since the Flying Crow went from KC to Houston. The Southern Belle connected Kansas City with New Orleans from 1940 until 1969."

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