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Deborah Carter McCoy, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority – 651-252-7268
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (February 16, 2016) – Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority is thrilled to welcome Lowertown Bike Shop to Union Depot. Lowertown Bike Shop is leading with the vision that there is a bike for everyone. “Everyone’s needs and budgets can be met at our shop,” said Crystal Sursely, operations manager. Targeting an opening date of May 1, Lowertown Bike Shop will operate a repair shop and the indoor bike storage facility with shower services on the lower level of the Head House. A retail shop will be located on the main level of the Head House in Suite 160.
“Lowertown Bike Shop’s move to Union Depot complements the existing bike infrastructure perfectly,” said Rafael Ortega, chair, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. “From a professional tune-up to dreaming up a custom bike, the services provided by Lowertown Bike Shop will continue to benefit the Lowertown community.” The Union Depot space is three times larger than the existing space in the Jax building. Lowertown Bike Shop will have convenient access from Sibley Street in addition to connections through the Head House.
Lowertown Bike Shop opened in 2011 and specializes in bringing new life to used bikes by supplying a wide range of quality bicycles and parts. Operators Jeremy Wagner and Crystal Sursely believe that biking can change lives. “We focus on discovering the thing that makes each person excited to ride a bike – whether they ride five blocks or 20 miles,” said Wagner as he explained how the Lowertown Bike Shop team customizes the bike purchase process for every individual.
Since 2010, the Regional Railroad Authority has held a strong commitment to serve bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists at Union Depot. Chair Ortega indicated that “the Regional Railroad Authority board of commissioners and the staff team at Union Depot never lost sight of the promise of a truly multi-modal facility offering pedestrian, bicycle, car sharing, commuter bus, regional bus, passenger rail and light rail connections.”
Details about the Lowertown Bike Shop grand opening at Union Depot will be available in April.
About UNION DEPOT...The beautifully renovated Union Depot is one of American’s great rail stations from the early 20th century. Celebrating 90 years since its completion in 1926, Union Depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and certified LEED® Gold in 2014. Today, it is a welcoming destination for all and serves as a major transportation center and dynamic event venue in the heart of the Twin Cities. Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority owns Union Depot which offers a full complement of transportation services: Amtrak®, Green Line, Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, megabus.com, Metro Transit and MVTA buses, car sharing (Zipcar and Car2Go), and parking - including electric vehicle charging and bicycle storage. The Regional Railroad Authority is dedicated to a long-range vision that addresses changing transportation needs by preserving rail transit corridors for future transit use, studying transit options and providing transit services. JLL, under contract with the Regional Railroad Authority, is responsible for management of Union Depot and working collaboratively to establish a welcoming community gathering place at the historic landmark. For more information, go to uniondepot.org.
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