Land sale approved for new Schenectady station

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Construction of a new $14 million station in Schenectady was advanced when the Metroplex Development Authority board approved selling a small piece of its parking lot next to the existing station. Since the new station is slightly larger than the current one, Metroplex agreed to sell 2,400 square feet of the parking lot it owns in front of and next to the station to Amtrak for $1. It also has agreed to give up part of the parking lot for the construction of a walkway from the new station to the CDTA terminal on State Street, the Albany Time-Union reports.

The new station will be a nod to the old Union Station, built in 1908 in the Beaux Arts style and demolished in 1971 to make way for a parking lot. The two-story station will feature floor-to-ceiling arched windows and a large clock, just like the old one. It will replace a one-story concrete Amtrak station built in 1970s.

A temporary station will be built later this summer so the old station can be demolished and the new station built on the site, to open in 2017.

The project will be paid for with state and federal funds, and will be built concurrent with a new platform to allow a second track to be installed between Albany and Schenectady to eliminate a major Amtrak bottleneck. Work on this new platform began last fall. The state Department of Transportation is the lead on the project, but is working together with Amtrak, Metroplex, and the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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