Speaking of downtown and transit, one more part of the city's transportation infrastructure is coming together, with work proceeding well on the replacement for the much-derided Amshack temporary station for inter-city train traffic.
Last year -- after much hemming and hawing -- NCDOT agreed to lease space in West Village's Walker Warehouse for a permanent station for the Bull City, replacing the unsightly modular trailer that's served as the station's home since the 1990s.
Ironically, the Amshack was built around the same time that the old DATA station on the downtown loop added the brick-and-glass waiting and ticketing area to the gazebo that provided a modicum of shelter for bus passengers.
The new Amtrak station is expected to open in a few months. Of course, the future of the old Amshack site and the buildings to its north and west await a future for transit in the Bull City and the region; long planned as the downtown TTA site, and with a pedestrian bridge linkage to the Durham Station multimodal center waiting to be built upon the arrival of a rail-based transit system, it remains the missing piece in the region's transit infrastructure.