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Suisun council OKs priorities for train station renovations

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From page A5 | May 08, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council on Wednesday approved making improved benches and seating, better lighting, exterior improvements and a historic paint scheme as top priorities for the city’s train station when it comes to how best to renovate the historic structure.

Discussion of the proposed renovation plans went much quicker than it did at the City Council’s April 15 meeting where council members spent much of the evening hashing out what they wanted done with the train station located at the north end of Main Street.

Earlier this year, the city hired Interactive Resources Inc. to make a study of what was needed to improve the depot’s exterior and interior, the surrounding area and the entryways. Suisun City plans to spend about $700,000 on the renovation that is expected to occur next spring.

The consultant submitted an extensive list that includes adding new paint, a new entry to Main Street, new handrails, new lighting, new benches, security cameras, new exterior signage, bus stop improvements, better lighting in the bus stop and plaza, better landscaping, new bike storage facilities and upgraded bus shelters.

Last month, the council spent most of its meeting debating what changes were needed with some members asking for a delay and others wanting to reach a decision as soon as possible.

The next step in the project is to reach an agreement with the architect for developing construction documents and put the agreement before the City Council at one of its June meetings.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www,twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • My2centsMay 08, 2014 - 6:42 am

    I did not read fixing the automated ticket machine on the list. That would be a welcome improvement.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 08, 2014 - 7:15 am

    I would guess that the ticket machine belongs to Amtrak, not the city.

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  • The MisterMay 08, 2014 - 7:04 am

    What about concrete barriers to hide behind when the bullets start flying?

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  • Beebo (a.k.a.) Crazy Train StationMay 08, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Aw, c'mon now. That's the most "murican part of Suisun. The only bullets we'll see is possibly a bullet train. Or not. Either way, the building is made of brick, so people have that going for them. All that aside, I welcome these improvements as long as the new items don't take-away too much from the historical part of the idea. I think that the area could use a nice cafe with seating. Come on, Suisun, don't get caught with your pants down when FF builds their station. You're gonna need more than some new paint and modernizations.

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  • ?May 08, 2014 - 8:40 am

    The Question is... How much money will they throw at these cosmetic improvements?..... What is it going to cost?... I went there one time looking for information on the train Schedule, never did figure it out.... but then I am not all that bright.

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  • Brenda VMay 08, 2014 - 11:53 am

    I ride the train every day to Oakland for work and really it would be nice to have better lighting during the winter evening months. Really dark out there and just needs better lighting.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 08, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    You will make an excellent rat political party tax slave.

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  • Frito BanditoMay 08, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Would like to see a locomotive or caboose put out there some place, an attractive nuisance for kids and teens to climb all over, that's the way some people would look at it, at least on here.

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