A New York congressman is calling on the New York State Transportation Commissioner to review the prospects for a new Amtrak station for Buffalo, New York.
Calling the Buffalo station among the worst in the nation, Congressman Brian Higgins said the study would cost between $1 million and $2 million and could be paid for from a $25 million pot of money in the New York State Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Transportation Capital Program.
Higgins said the station study would be advantageous in seeking federal transportation funding for a new depot.
In his letter, Higgins said the new Amtrak station could be located at Canalside or Buffalo’s Central Terminal.
Buffalo’s Exchange Street station was closed last week after its ceiling collapsed during heavy rains.
“It is an insufficient facility for the volume that we could be getting in riders and it’s insufficient for all the progress we’re seeing in downtown,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown who supports building a new station at Canalside.
Exchange Street Station was built in 1952 and last year served more than 116,000 passengers.
All Amtrak trains in Buffalo stop there except the Lake Shore Limited. Another Buffalo station is located in suburban Depew, New York.