Someone was wondering about the little metal shed that has just appeared next to the new platform at Albany Station. And no, it’s not the outside restroom that the City of Albany once wanted to build but then postponed.
The southern 700 feet of the 1,200-foot platform at the historic Albany train depot has been under construction since September 2022. Except for one short section it looks complete, but public access to it is still barred with a chainlink fence and barricades.
I got an email asking about the little building from someone who thought it seemed out of place at the historic station. On Tuesday the bike took me to the station for a look just as Amtrak’s Train 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, was leaving.
I asked the station agent about that new building on the platform. She told me it will be used to store a wheelchair lift.
This goes along with the rest of the platform project, the point of which is to make the station comply with standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
TSE Construction, based in Jefferson and owned by Pat Ryan of Albany, has the platform construction contract.
When the southern section is finished and opened to use, which should be soon, work will start on the northern part. My efforts to learn the cost of this project have been fruitless, but Amtrak’s public affairs office in Oakland told me months ago the job will be completed in 2024. (hh)