Buffalo to get new downtown station

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York State panel has decided that Buffalo’s new train station should be built downtown. In an 11-4 vote, panel members were in favor of a downtown facility and not the former New York Central, Central Terminal station on the city's eastern limits.

Committee members comprised of local politicians and other leaders recently evaluated six criteria areas, including construction costs, readiness, and environmental factors, among others. A downtown site was preferred not only by local politicians, but also by CSX Transportation representatives who said the Central Terminal location was near a busy freight yard that could cause delays to Amtrak trains.

In addition, project consultants said in March that a downtown station could cost anywhere from $34 million to $86 million, while the Central Terminal site had a price tag of $68 million to $149 million.

The new Amtrak station will replace the city’s Exchange Street Station, which is outdated and too small for downtown Buffalo’s burgeoning population. The committee is expected to select a downtown site near Canalside in city.

Amtrak’s Empire Service trains currently serve the Buffalo Exchange Street station. Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited only stops at the suburban Depew, N.Y., station.

Specific design plans have not been finalized.

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