Without slipping off into nostalgialand, when I was a young man in the late 60s, MP and SP both stopped in Beaumont and both stations were inadequate. The MP station, while possesed of a certain mystique that that accompanies great age, was appalling.
The Beaumont Enterprise has an editorial in support of the proposed station improvement.
A worthier project for stimulus funds in Beaumont would be spending $750,000 to build a real Amtrak station. Currently, when the Sunset Limited comes through Beaumont three times a week, it drops off and picks up passengers at a non-station – a naked slab of concrete at Hollywood and 11th streets.
With a real depot, Amtrak would attract more passengers in Beaumont. House and Senate members from Texas should remember this priority in any discussions about stimulus money.