UNION STATION & THE NIA CENTER
Louisville’s Union Station was formally dedicated on September 7, 1891 by the arrival of the first train. The total cost of the structure was $310,056, and was the largest station in the South. All contractors, with the exception of Seth Thomas (for the clocks) and Kendell Company (for the skylights) were from Louisville.
Nearly every immigrant to Louisville, countless servicemen and women, General Pershing, and three United States Presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, arrived in Louisville through the doors of Union Station. On October 31, 1976, the last Amtrak train left Louisville’s Union Station for Nashville.
Restoration of the building began in April 1979 and was completed a year later. The new garage and shop were occupied over the weekend of June 2. The cost was about $2 million. After the formal opening ceremonies in mid April 1980, the Transit Authority of River City became the new occupant of Union Station.
Union Station’s first floor is open to the public from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday).
The Nia Neighborhood Travel and Jobs Center (2900 West Broadway), is the focal point for public transportation service and information in west Louisville.
The Nia Center’s Mission is to provide a one-stop interactive environment that builds on the strengths of area residents to enhance business growth and development, to cultivate a marketable workforce, and to improve mobility through increased public transportation access.
The Center serves routes #23 Broadway, #19 Muhammad Ali, #21 Chestnut, #25 Oak Street and #99 UPS Shuttle West Louisville.
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