The iconic Union Depot in St. Paul is reopening its tracks this Saturday as a $243 million mass-transit station. After being closed in 1971, the Depot was revamped and will now act as a Lowertown transit hub for buses, light rail, taxis, and even passenger trains next year.
The depot has been repainted in its original gold, the curved-glass skylights have been cleared, and several pieces of public art have been commissioned for the waiting room. The station has a lot of potential for future growth, including the possibility for a high-speed rail to Chicago.
Restoration and construction took two years and cost $148 million but the project created 4,400 jobs and 2,200 more on-site. Metro Transit buses will begin service at the depot Saturday at 7 a.m.