Work Progressing on New Rochester Station

Officials in Rochester, New York, say a new intermodal terminal to serve Amtrak is progressing well and is expected to open as scheduled in autumn 2017.

A mild winter has enabled workers to make good progress, including beginning excavation work. The $29.8 million station will replace a modular structure built by Amtrak in 1978.


Artist rendering of interior of Rochester station now under construction.

The new intermodal facility is being built on the site of the Amtrak-built depot on the north edge of downtown Rochester.

City officials have closed some streets so that workers can strengthen 115-year old bridges used by Amtrak and CSX trains.

St. Paul Street, which has been closed for fourth months, is expected to reopen next week at which time North Clinton Avenue will be closed.

Federal and state funding is paying for the bulk of the costs of building the new station, which will be used by Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and four New York-Niagara Falls, New York, Empire Service trains.

The Amtrak-built station has been razed and passengers are using a temporary station and boarding platform.

The project involves building a fourth track near the station and realigning three other tracks, all of which are owned by CSX.

Amtrak trains will be able to stop in Rochester without blocking CSX trains.Passengers will access the station platforms through underground tunnels.

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