Costs of New Train Stations Announced

Downtown station as high as $86 M; Central Terminal $150 M

Mike Baggerman
March 21, 2017 - 10:48 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Western New Yorkers were informed of the latest developments regarding the location of Buffalo’s new train station.

The public meeting held Tuesday night at the Buffalo Museum of Science provided an in-depth look at the many details surrounding the new locations which are narrowed down to two locations: The old Central Terminal on Buffalo’s east side or Downtown Buffalo with portions of the downtown proposal leaking towards the Canalside area.

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The Central Terminal’s cost would range anywhere from $68.6 to $149.4 million. The minimal build would include only the Amtrak Station and provide service for Empire Service and Maple Leaf. The full build would include those plus Lake Shore Limited Services and a new intercity bus station.

Downtown’s price ranges anywhere from $34.2 to $86.2 million. The minimum and full bill is the same as Central Terminal.

Mayor Brown explained that Governor Cuomo gave Buffalo $25 million for the project but that federal funding will be useful if provided. 

“The city does not anticipate putting up any money for this whatsoever,” Mayor Brown said. “The city doesn’t have the resources to put any money into this.”

One of the people in attendance was Elizabeth Giles who prefers the Central Terminal location over the Downtown one. She wasn’t concerned over the price range.

“I think that private money can handle a lot of what needs to be done at Central Terminal,” Giles told WBEN. “Also if we’re thinking in terms of the long run, don’t we want something we can be proud of? As opposed to a hut under a little lego building under the viaduct.”

A decision must be made on the location of the new train station by late-April.

 

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