GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The new Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak station in Grand Rapids is opening Monday.
The new, $6.1 million station is near the Rapid's central station. It integrates bus and rail transportation, which is good news for passengers using the popular Grand Rapids-to-Chicago Pere Marquette line.
The new station has a larger waiting area, a covered canopy, and 118 spaces for parking.
"It means we are taking very seriously rail transportation in Grand Rapids," says Mayor George Heartwell. "We are making the investment in a transit system using federal funds to build a great building."
The official ribbon cutting will happen Monday at 10 a.m., and former U.S. Representative Vern Ehlers will be there to celebrate.