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Group calls on city to clean up 'civic embarrassment' Union Station

Posted at 7:27 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 07:39:12-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Transportation advocates call the downtown Amtrak and Grayhound station a "civic embarrassment." 

To remedy that, the members of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance invited city leaders to a Wednesday morning meeting to discuss making improvements. One IPRA board member said the condition of the downtown station is unwelcoming, unsightly and even scary.

Bill Malcolm said people are sleeping on the floor with harsh lighting. He also said the lack of amenities needs addressed.

"If it's a turnoff to even go into that facility, people are not going to take advantage of it, [they won't] take their families up to go shopping ... because it's just kind of a frightening place," Malcolm said.

Indianapolis' department of Metropolitan Development is tasked with running the facility.