MONTGOMERY, WV (WVNS) — A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Montgomery train station platform took place on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin made the trip from Charleston to Fayette County on an Amtrak train, with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Congresswoman Carol Miller.
A nationwide program helped Amtrak remodel its stations. The company invested $1.8 million into creating a new, handicap-accessible passenger boarding platform for riders who travel to and from Montgomery. The purpose of the renovation was to keep the Montgomery train station in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to ensure safe travels for all passengers. Mayor Greg Ingram told 59News this was a huge opportunity for Montgomery.
“It’s absolutely going to serve the Challenge Academy, serve the seniors. It will serve anyone that wants to take a trip from The Greenbrier to Montgomery, go up on a train and come back that evening. It’s going to be a good addition to the Montgomery area,” Ingram said.
Congresswoman Miller told 59News this development will bring a boost to the Montgomery area.
“The life it brings here into Montgomery is such a difference as we move forward,” Miller said.
The new Montgomery station platform, located on Third Avenue and Washington Street, is now open to the public.