RENSSELAER -- Curbside access to the Amtrak station in Rensselaer will remain available, but parking in front of the station will be prohibited for most of the next year, starting Monday.
CDTA, which owns and operates the station, announced the restrictions Friday and said they are needed to facilitate maintenance and improvements at the facility.
The station is built against a hill. Its main entrance faces onto the top of the attached parking garage, where there are spaces for taxis, spaces for pickup and drop-off of passengers, and a limited amount of free short-term parking.
The top deck is being resurfaced and treated to prevent cracks from forming and water from penetrating. The work is being done in four sections, so that while one patch of the deck is closed, enough of the remainder will be open, so drivers can still get in to drop off and pick up passengers at the door. The final section is expected to be complete by spring. A few more parking spaces will be added in the process.
CDTA is encouraging motorists to use the garage and surface parking lots, rather than the deck, while the work is being done. Both can be accessed from East Street, and the first hour will be free of charge.
The train station was completed in 2002 and is the ninth-busiest in the nation.