Built as a New York Central Railroad station, in 1915 it became tenated by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and the New York, Ontario and Western Railway as well, those two companies abandoning their structures.
Postwar reductions in passenger traffic led to service cuts and the eventual bankruptcy of all three railroads, leaving only the mainline Water Level Route (the modern Amtrak Empire Corridor) with regular passenger service by the 1970s.
Over time, all but the two centermost platforms were demolished, and the space originally occupied by the first seven station-side tracks was converted into passenger parking.
As it currently exists, Union Station has one side platform (originally the third island platform), accessible directly from the parking lot, serving eastbound Amtrak trains on Track 2 (the former Track 10); and one island platform (slightly widened from its original dimensions) serving westbound Amtrak trains on Track 1 (former Track 11) and Adirondack Scenic Railroad trains on the northern side (former Track 13).
The Boehlert Transportation Center at Union Station is a train station served by Amtrak and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica, New York. Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are thirteen bays across the façade and fifteen on the side elevations.
It is owned by Oneida County, and named for retired U. A brick parapet crowns the building; over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures.
The station was built in the Italianate style and includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above.
The Utica station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.) waiting room's 47-foot-high (14 m) vaulted ceiling is supported by 34 marble columns.
The station's blueprints called for the importing of columns that originally adorned Grand Central Station in New York City.
Eight large benches are heated with steam pipes and vents.
Construction involved the rerouting of the Mohawk River.
The Mohawk River was relocated due to the risk of flooding and the proximity of the Mohawk River to the railroad had become a problem for the expanding city.