Municipal & Civil

    Vernon J. Ehlers Passenger Station

    The Vernon J. Ehlers Passenger Station project included construction of a new station and platform near The Rapid Central Bus Station along US-131, and also included construction of approximately one mile of railway spur. The station sits next door to The Rapid Central Station, in the midst of the central business district. Its placement creates an integrated bus and rail system.

    The project was being funded by a grant from the federal government, as well as funds from the City of Grand Rapids. Stakeholders in the project include The Rapid, Amtrak, CSX and MDOT.

    On October 27, 2014 the first passenger train left the new station. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the station, with several state and local politicians in attendance, including U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Congressman Fred Upton, and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

    Project at a glance

    • Client: The Rapid
    • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Architect/Engineer: Bergmann Associates and Progressive AE
    • Concrete: Kent Companies


    • Construction Management