Caltrans - District 6
District 6 Director
Serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties
1352 W. Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728
2005 Press Releases
|State of California . Department of Transportation
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
A grand celebration will be held to dedicate the newly restored and rehabilitated Fresno Santa Fe Depot, which serves Amtrak California San Joaquin passenger trains and Thruway Motorcoach service. The public is invited to attend the festive event on Saturday, February 12, beginning at 12 Noon , at the restored station, 2650 Tulare Street , between P and Q streets in downtown Fresno.
State and local officials will join with Fresno Mayor Alan Autry to rededicate the historic station. Ceremonies will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of a commemorative building plaque. The public will be invited to tour the new station facilities and view historic exhibits. Prize drawings will be held for Amtrak merchandise and train tickets.
The $7 million restoration project includes new and enlarged Amtrak passenger ticketing and waiting areas, including a large ticketing counter, business offices, adjacent retail space, increased parking, new landscaping and better access for buses, taxis and pedestrians. Some 5,400 square feet will be devoted to San Joaquin passenger service. An additional 12,300 square feet will be available for office and retail use.
The station now has the appearance of its original California Mission-style when it first opened in 1899. Important architectural details have been restored, while additions made to the site over the years have been removed. The iconic station clock and clock tower have been restored and returned to their former prominence. Fresno station is one of only a handful of mission style buildings constructed prior to 1900 that is still in existence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the rehabilitated Santa Fe Depot is the latest addition to Fresno 's revitalized downtown.
Major funding for the restoration comes from the California Department of Transportation. The City of Fresno purchased the building and land from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Other fund contributors were California Pollution Control Financing Authority and the State of California Office of Historic Preservation.
“The Department of Transportation has joined with many cities to construct and rehabilitate train stations along the state's intercity rail routes,” according to Mike Leonardo, Caltrans District 6 Director. “The rehabilitated Fresno Station contributes to the growth and success of passenger rail travel today, while paying tribute to the rich history and importance of railroad activity in the Central Valley .”
The firm of Reyman Bros. Construction, Inc., Sparks , NV was selected by the City of Fresno to undertake the extensive rehabilitation. Johnson Architecture, of Fresno , conducted the architectural research to assure authenticity of all work performed at the station.