Members of Hanson’s team for the Springfield Rail Improvements Project gave the public the first look of the planned Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center, which will be constructed starting in 2023 in downtown Springfield, Illinois, as part of the rail project.
Details about the new center were presented during a March 25 virtual meeting for the public. The center will connect and cover an Amtrak station, a parking garage, a “county square” space and the existing Sangamon County Complex. There also will be an upgraded Springfield Mass Transit District bus transfer center and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks. Two grand staircases will serve as gathering areas at the transfer center and in the county square between the garage, county complex, Amtrak station and pedestrian bridge. On the center’s second level, an exhibit will display information about the 1908 Springfield Race Riots. The remnants of homes burned during the riots were discovered in 2014 during the rail project, and a memorial is also planned for the site of those homes.
The full virtual meeting, which included an update on the overall rail project, can be viewed here.