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Opening of train station delayed

June 13, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials hope that a new train station off East Martin Street will be open to commuters and the public a week from Monday.

The 5,500-square-foot building was expected to open by mid-April, but there have been construction delays, said Richard Yauger, a city councilman and chairman of the Train Station Committee, a group of city officials and residents who are overseeing the project.

Officials are planning to dedicate the train station a week from Saturday, Yauger said. During the noon ceremony, the public will be invited to tour the building, he said.

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Gov. Cecil Underwood and former Gov. Gaston Caperton have been invited to the dedication of the Caperton Station-Martinsburg Intermodal Transportation Center, Yauger said.

The station will serve the growing number of rail commuters from the Eastern Panhandle to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Caperton awarded the city a $750,000 state grant to help pay for the $1.9 million project.

The new train station includes large waiting areas on the first and second levels. Ticket windows are on the second level, and the ground floor opens into a redesigned boarding area.

The old B&O train station next door has been renovated, and city officials are expecting the building to be leased as office space.

A new parking lot will have space for about 90 cars, Yauger said. Paving of the parking lot is expected to begin next week.

A final inspection from the state fire marshal's office is needed before the station can be opened, said Yauger.

Commuters have been boarding trains at the old station while the new station was being built. Tickets have been sold from a temporary office near the old station, said Yauger.

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