Razing of Rochester Amtrak Stations Gets Started

Demolition work began earlier this month on the Amtrak-built 1970s era station in Rochester, New York, to make way for a new intermodal facility.

Amtrak passengers will use a temporary facility while the $29.8 million new station is built during the next 18 months.

The New York Department of Transportation said the new station is expected to open in summer 2017 and will feature retail space and more comfortable waiting and ticketing areas.

The design of the station has a two-sided, high-level passenger platform that will be accessed through a concourse from the station.

Station parking and bicycle and pedestrian access will be improved.
CSX previously had realigned its tracks by the station and installed a dedicated rail line for freight traffic.

Amtrak and CSX trains will continue to share two main tracks. As part of the project, CSX strengthened three railroad bridges near the station to carry the two additional passenger tracks being constructed to provide Amtrak train access to the new station.

Funding for the project included a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.
NYSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration provided $3.5 million in funding for the preliminary engineering phase of the project, including $2.8 million secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The city of Rochester is contributing $500,000 toward final design and construction.

Rochester is served by the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and four Empire Service trains between New York and Niagara Falls, New York.

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