Amtrak riders will soon have something in Jesup they haven't had in a long time, a roof over their head and a place to buy tickets. While Jesup is still one of only five Amtrak stops in Georgia, customers who've boarded or deboarded in Jesup did not have a depot and were forced to wait outdoors.
The city of Jesup will celebrate their depot's reopening Oct. 27. The building has undergone six years of renovation after a 2003 fire nearly destroyed the depot. It had already closed before that because the old building was in bad shape.
Jesup City Manager Mike Deal said the work was possible thanks to a federal 80/20 grant that provided most of the $770,000.
"This has been needed for a long, long time," Deal said. "We haven't had complaints, but those folks have been just stuck out in the weather."
He hoped the building gives Amtrak riders a good first impression of Jesup and that they return to visit again. In addition to a ticket area and waiting lobby, the building will include a large meeting room that will hold 60 people at a time and can be used by the community.