Midway Station is the Amtrak train station in Saint Paul
, so named after the Midway area which is roughly halfway between the downtowns of St. Paul and neighboring Minneapolis
. Its Amtrak station code is MSP and serves as the only intercity train station for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.
It opened in 1978, it took over traffic from the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, which itself had combined the services of the Minneapolis station and the Saint Paul Union Depot
when Amtrak began operating in 1971.The only current rail service at this station is the Empire Builder, named to honor Saint Paul-based mogul James J. Hill who constructed most of the rail system connecting the area to other major U.S. and Canadian cities (and whose nickname was "The Empire Builder").
There are several intermittent stops between. About one-eighth of Empire Builder passengers board or alight at this station.There are two platforms at the station, though the Empire Builder only uses the side platform nearest the station building. There is a second island platform that serves two tracks, but it is rarely used. There are also two spurs behind the main platform which are used for storage and display of historic train cars.