Current Amtrak Station in Elyria Has Few Amenities and Limited Space; Lorain County Transit Center Was Recently Renovated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is urging Amtrak and the Norfolk Southern Corporation, the owner of the railroad tracks in Lorain County, to relocate Amtrak service from its existing location in Elyria to the newly-renovated Lorain County Transit Center (LCTC). In letters sent to the companies this week, Brown urged Amtrak to use funds—currently slated to make the current Elyria stop compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—to move Amtrak service to the LCTC, which is already ADA compliant. While the existing Amtrak Elyria stop has limited space and few amenities, the LCTC was recently renovated and also offers Greyhound bus and Lorain County Transit Authority bus services.

“Relocating Amtrak service makes sense for a number of reasons: it would help continue downtown Elyria’s revitalization, create a one-stop center for transit opportunities in Elyria, and help fully utilize the newly-renovated Lorain County Transit Center,” Brown said. “There is strong local support for this concept and Amtrak already has existing funds it could use to further this proposal. I stand ready to work with both Amtrak and Norfolk Southern to move this project forward and to assist in any way possible.”

Copies of the letters to Amtrak and Norfolk Southern can be seen here and here, respectively.