Raleigh Union Station is the fourth busiest train station in the Southeast, with 150,000 passengers visiting and commuting every year. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) knew it had to meet the current and future demand for travel. The department embarked on a $110.2 million project to revitalize the station. A new 920-foot long center island platform offers passengers a more convenient boarding area that is also fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is also the first “high-level” platform in North Carolina. The two station tracks surrounding the platform are for passenger trains only and remove all boarding and detraining activities from mainline railroad freight train traffic. With connections to multiple bus lines, the station has become a springboard for development for the entire city – helping to improve quality of life and expand transportation options.