The Board of Commissioners work together on projects that improve the state of Lorain County. This section of the site highlights current projects that each of the Commissioners are involved in, according to Lorain County Initiatives.
The Lorain County Transportation Center involves the restoration and preservation of the historic New York Central Train Station. The facility will serve the transit needs of Lorain County and create an attractive space for public events.
After the renovation, the first floor will serve customers with a passenger waiting room, vending and internet services, public restrooms, ticketing area, and baggage handling. Transit users will enter from a new entrance on the east side of the building.
The project site was expanded in 2002 with the purchase of the parking lot to the east of the depot. The site now extends to Cedar Street. The site plan includes a ten bus “pulse” area for Lorain County Transit, where all northern and southern routes will converge regularly to exchange passengers. It also has three bus slips, 76 parking spaces, and an area for a stand-alone rental car facility. A secondary function of the building will be to provide a beautiful civic hall for the community.
The railroad station was built in 1926 in the grand neoclassical style of the period. It featured a 70 x 80 foot sky-lighted octagonal waiting room with marble wainscoting, ornamental ceiling, and terrazzo floor. Although subsequently altered, all of these original features will be restored. This important landmark will be reborn as a community space available to the public for rental at a nominal charge for health fairs, art shows and other social functions.
Phase 3 and 4 - Train Platforms, Canopies, Stairs and Elevators
New entry patio complete with ramps, stairs, canopied walkways and sidewalks
Paved bus areas for Lorain County Transit hub
Park and Ride and public parking area
Curbing and landscape improvements
Construct a stair and elevator tower for rail access.
Elevator machine room with operating equipment
Elevator concrete foundation, slabs pit and minor modifications to retaining wall
Holeless hydraulic, 5,000 lbs capacity, passenger elevator
Lighting and appropriate ventilation and heating system
Secure (electronic) door lock/release hardware on entrance door
Rail platform with exterior lighting and communication systems