Schenectady Station Big $10M Over Budget

Plans to build a new Amtrak station in Schenectady, New York, have hit a snag after the project received just one bid and it was $10 million over budget.

The New York State Department of Transportation is reviewing the bid from the Jersen Construction Group, which was just under $25 million.

Amtrak 4“We’re in the process of reviewing the documents now to find out where the difference is,” said DOT spokeswoman Carol Breen.

That is likely to result in a delay of several weeks that could extend much longer if officials decide to redesign the station or seek another round of bids.

Officials are seeking a facility that will feature such elements as tall arched windows that are similar in style to those of the city’s 1908 Union Station that was demolished in early 1971 to make room for a parking lot.

At that time, Amtrak began using a small shelter in Colonie. Amtrak built the current Schenectady station in 1979 and discontinued use of the Colonie station.

The first design of the proposed Schenectady station was released in May 2007 during planning for a $300 million passenger rail improvement project that included a second track between Albany and Schenectady to alleviate a chronic bottleneck for Amtrak’s Empire Service trains, the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

Work on the new Schenectady station was expected to begin this spring with the station opening in late 2017 or early 2018.

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