New Raleigh station set to open June 27

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The midday Piedmont traverses the wye at the new Raleigh Union Station in January 2018.
Bob Johnston

RALEIGH, N.C. — The new Amtrak station in Raleigh is expected to open on June 27, after contractors complete corrections to a problem with the station platforms.

Allan Paul, deputy director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation rail division, told the Raleigh News & Observer that the slope of the station platform was 1 percent too steep in some places to meet Amtrak and Americans With Disabilities Act regulations. The slope can be no more than 2 percent, to allow water to drain without placing wheeled objects at constant risk of rolling off.

City transit adminstrator David Eatman said contractors should have that problem, and late work on drainage for the main vehicle entryway to the station, completed by the 27th.

A ribbon-cutting for the station, originally scheduled to open in 2017, was held on April 30. When that ceremony was scheduled, train service to the new station was expected to begin in May; by the time the ceremony was held, service had been pushed back to June.

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