N.F. Says Amtrak Lease is Getting Closer

Officials in Niagara Falls, New York, have once again said they are close to signing a lease with Amtrak for its use of a new intermodal facility.

Amtrak 4No date has been announced for when Amtrak might begin using the facility.

City Planner Thomas DeSantis said negotiations have taken longer than the city expected, but all of the parties involved are trying to reach a conclusion as soon as possible.

DeSantis said it will likely take Amtrak a few weeks to get settled into the new facility once a lease is signed.

He said that the terminal received a certificate of occupancy last week that allow tenants to use the building after signing a lease.

In its 2017 budget proposal, the city of Niagara Falls projected receiving from Amtrak annual lease payments of $172,800.

A museum to be operated by the Underground Railroad Heritage Area is expected to earn $19,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also occupy a portion of the station, but payments leasing that space will be part of the Amtrak lease payments.

Niagara Falls is served by Amtrak’s Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains.

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