WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) congratulated the teams at Amtrak and the newly renovated Joseph R. Biden Train Station in Wilmington on the station's award for design excellence at the 2011 Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition.
"The Wilmington Train Station is truly one of a kind. I congratulate the men and women who worked tirelessly for years to renovate and restore the building," said Sen. Carper. "Their work marries the past with the future; the historic framework built by Frank Furness combined with the technology of the 21st century. I couldn't think of a better building to greet visitors coming to Wilmington for the first time, or those who walk through its doors everyday – like me. This is a special building, located at a central stop along the Northeast Corridor, and I hope all that travel through Wilmington take a minute to appreciate the beauty of it."
The Brunel Awards competition recognizes and promotes the best in railway architecture, engineering, landscape and environmental design, product design, locomotive and car design, graphic arts and corporate branding amongst railways from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and International Union of Railways (UIC) hosted the awards ceremony.
The Wilmington Train Station is the 12th busiest station in the Amtrak system with 717,772 passengers in Fiscal Year 2011. In addition to Amtrak, the Wilmington Station also serves two commuter services-SEPTA and the Delaware Transit Corporation.