Lancaster Station was rehabilitated to maintain and preserve historic elements of the 1929 station building, modernize building systems, improve the use of interior space, and enhance ADA access and passenger amenities.
The $17.7 million program of major renovations addressed a range of long-deferred repairs and improvements. Major categories of work are listed below.
- Building and platform repairs - Replaced the roof, rehabilitated the metal stairs to the platforms, and repaired and improved the platform canopies.
- Utility upgrades - Installed new lighting, central air conditioning, and a fire protection system; replaced the concourse HVAC system, modernized station plumbing, and updated the public address system.
- Historic restoration and enhancements - Repaired and refinished the original woodwork, including benches, doors, and archways; repaired plaster and repainted the interior walls, ceiling, and trim; cleaned and polished all marble surfaces and brass fixtures; cleaned the exterior masonry; renovated the entryway marquis; added historical photos; and installed six reproduction station clocks (donated by Brent Miller Jewelers).
- ADA improvements - Modified handrails and reconfigured one ticket window for wheelchair access.
- Building reconfiguration - Reconstructed and expanded the station's retail, restaurant, and office space; improved staff areas for Amtrak infrastructure maintenance personnel; constructed a new Amtrak police office; reconstructed the intercity bus office; and constructed a new shed for Amtrak material storage.
Construction began in 2009 and was completed in December 2013.
The project was led by the Lancaster County Planning Commission with additional funding by PennDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, Amtrak, and the City of Lancaster.