OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Cardinal Engineering was proud to celebrate the newly renovated Santa Fe Railroad station alongside city leaders, citizens and other business owners earlier this week. Built in 1934, the Santa Fe Station originally served as a rail depot for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The station has continued to provide rail service through Amtrak, which offered service until 1979 and resumed service in 1999 when the depot was last renovated.
The ribbon cutting celebration marked a milestone in the depot’s transformation to serve passenger rail, the MAPS 3 streetcar and, down the road, commuter and light-rail. The station will bring together the OKC Streetcar, Embark buses, Amtrak Heartland Flyer, light rail, bike and pedestrian traffic.
The Santa Fe Station is the result of an ongoing partnership and planning among several entities, including TAP Architecture who served as the restoration architect. Cardinal Engineering was proud to have supported TAP Architecture with this renovation project, providing civil engineering services.
The renovated depot has office space for the city's transit authority, a gift store and tour service. Throughout the renovated depot, history can be found from the light fixtures in the lobby crafted from the original designs to the 1934 bench in the Amtrak passengers waiting room.
Work will continue into 2019 on a pedestrian tunnel beneath the BNSF Railway tracks, leading from the station to a plaza on the Bricktown side of the railroad viaduct.
(Photo Credit: City of OKC)