Wasilla eyes new train station site for riders, commuter rail
November 9, 2009
Well this was timely! REAP is hosting a forum Nov. 11 where Bruce Carr, of the AK Railroad, will give an update on the status of commuter rail. Meanwhile, the Frontiersman writes today about work in Wasilla to put in a new train station that could serve riders of commuter rail.
WASILLA — With the help of a few hefty grants, the city will begin work on a new train station officials here hope will become the transportation hub of Wasilla’s future. The proposed new station would be north of the Wasilla airport. The idea, he said, is to make a more convenient stop for passengers and drivers. “Where it stops now, at Knik-Goose Bay and the Parks Highway, it blocks the road,” Giddings said. “We’re trying to plan ahead.”
What he is referring to is the possibility of a commuter train between Anchorage and the Valley. The new location will allow for the parking needed for the daily travelers and the train will not lock up Knik-Goose Bay Road. But even if commuter rail service is still in the conceptual stage, the new station will serve as a Share-A-Ride location and possibly a MASCOT bus stop in the meantime, Giddings said. Read more