New Buffalo Station Discussed at Public Hearing

The public is now getting a chance to weigh in on where the new Amtrak station for Buffalo, New York, should be located.

Amtrak 4The first public meeting to gather public opinion was held Thursday (Jan. 19) at Buffalo City Hall.

In the meantime, a committee headed by Mayor Byron Brown expects to be done by April studying where to locate the new station.

“The clock is ticking,” said Robert Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and the lead facilitator for the station site selection process.

Shibley said the committee is still getting organized, but consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff is already gathering information about the matter.

“They are essentially charged with answering the questions that need data support to make a good decision,” Shibley said.

Some information will come from Amtrak station policy documents and past studies conducted by CSX, Amtrak and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

“As a starting point, the engineering firm is using a list of potential train sites from various reports,” Shibley said.

Canalside has been frequently mentioned as a possible station site due to its location near to the existing Exchange Street station. But also in the mix is the dormant Central Terminal and a site in Larkinville.

The State of New York is providing $1 million for the station study work with the proviso that it be completed within six months from last October.

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