So, CATA has gotten around to formally announcing the start of construction for the new Capital Area Multi Modal Gateway i.e. the glorified Amtrak station. They've also made a rendering available to the public:
Capital Area Multi-modal Gateway
, on Flickr
This is way better than what's currently there, and better than the concept they released a few years back showing a brick building that looked like a Rite-Aid. lol The rendering shows the train station and part of the canopy for the inter-city bus stop to the left. Left out of the rendering is the bike storage building to the east of the station, and I believe that there is also a canopy for the CATA stop at this complex.
I'm really liking the modern feel, the glass and steel faced with what looks to be brushed aluminum. For being on a rather tight budget, I'm actually fairly impressed. The site plan - which has actually been available for some time - shows that the complex has the ability to expand to include another platform on the tracks on the south side of the complex. This could be used for potential regional rail to Detroit, or for the Coast-to-Coast service that the state of Michigan is currently studying, which would include train service stretching from West Michigan to Detroit.