USA Today says “Savannah, Georgia, is a perfect Amtrak starting point for those looking for an East Coast escape.”
The Savannah Amtrak station is a good mid point down the I-95 corridor. It was built in 1962 to replace the older Savannah Union Station, torn down for construction of I-16. Located at 2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive, the station consists of a terminal building on the east side of the north-south tracks.
The station was constructed in 1962 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, with funds channeled through the Georgia Ports Authority, to the City of Savannah, as part of the re-development requiring the removal of Savannah Union Station, to facilitate construction of Interstate 16 into the downtown area. The agreement provides for all tenant roads use of the facility, in exchange for agreeing to the move.
Savannah station is an example of Modernist architecture. It is unlike the Spanish-Renaissance and Elizabethan revival styles of the former Union Station. The current station’s design conforms to the architectural traditions of its own time. The station started construction during the height of racial segregation. There were two sets of restrooms – one for white and another for colored. In 2014, the set of restrooms closest to the tracks were renovated to accommodate ADA requirements, but as of October 2015, they have not yet been opened for use. The existing restrooms cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
Savannah is served by the trains of Amtrak’s Silver Service, as well as infrequent passage/parking of a variety of inspection, business, and excursion tour specials, and the occasional private car charter. It is the southern terminus of the Palmetto route and is along the Silver Star and Silver Meteor routes. North of Savannah, the Palmetto and Silver Meteor route diverge from the Silver Star line. While the Silver Star turns inland to serve Columbia, South Carolina and Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina, the Palmetto and Silver Meteor stay closer to the coast to serve Florence and Charleston, South Carolina. The trains do not converge again until Selma, North Carolina.
Unlike Savannah Union Station, this station does not require back-up moves, saving some operational time at the expense of having fewer tracks accessible to passengers.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_station_(Amtrak), JANE FISHMAN | FOR SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, Published @7:00 am EDT May. 30, 2021, USA Today on Apple News