The City of Livermore has a unique opportunity to return the historic Train Depot to its former glory using $2.5 million dollars of federal grant funds. To be eligible for the grant, the Depot must be used for transit related purposes. The project will rehabilitate the Depot and return it to its historic use as a ticketing office. The Depot’s location was formerly next to the Southern Pacific railroad tracks where it functioned as a ticketing office. However, those tracks were abandoned and removed over 40 years ago. The building is now isolated within a large parking area and has been subject to frequent vandalism. It is in a state of disrepair and needs immediate attention to prevent further deterioration.
The project will do the following:
Return the Depot to its historic use, as a transit ticketing office at the Downtown Bus/ACE Transit Center.
Rehabilitate the building, including improvements to the foundation, roofing, lighting, heating and ventilation, and restoration of existing walls and ceilings, interior stairways and bathrooms. These improvements will vastly extend its life.
Locate the Depot adjacent and parallel to the railroad tracks, which together with its use as a ticketing office and historic rehabilitation, significantly improves its chances for inclusion in the national registry of historic buildings.
Recreate a passenger waiting area featuring a museum to showcase photographs and artifacts belonging to the Depot.
Return the Depot to active use by a responsible, long term tenant (Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority) to reduce the chance of vandalism. The new location will be active from 4:30 am until 1:30 am with regular bus and ACE train services and activities.
The use of the $2.5 million grant funds greatly enhances the City’s ability to maintain the Train Depot as a significant historic asset for many years to come.