Posts Tagged ‘Niagara Falls NY’

Maple Leaf to be Affected by Bridge Construction

August 19, 2019

Amtrak’s Maple Leaf will originate and terminate in Niagara Falls, New York, between Sept. 9 and Nov. 1 due to bridge construction that will close the rail deck of the bridge the train uses between the United States and Canada.

The Whirlpool Rapids Bridge will be closed during that period and passengers will ride a charter bus between Niagara Falls and Toronto that will not stop at the intermediate stations in Ontario of Niagara Falls, St. Catherines, Grimsby, Aldershot and Oakville.

The double-deck bridge is owned by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and accommodates vehicular traffic on its lower deck.

Amtrak reportedly is the only current rail user of the bridge and took over maintenance of it from Canadian National in 2012.

In Canada the Maple Leaf is operated by VIA Rail Canada.

Amtrak Changing Schedules at Niagara Falls

February 4, 2017

Amtrak will change its schedules at Niagara Falls, New York, on Feb. 20 to reflect a station change.

Amtrak logoAmtrak begin using the new station in December 2016. In a service advisory, Amtrak said the following changes will be made to the schedules of Empire Service trains and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

  • Trains 64, 280, 284 and 288 will depart Niagara Falls three minutes earlier.
  • Trains 281 and 283 will arrive at Niagara Falls nine minutes earlier.
  • Train 288 departs six minutes earlier.
  • Train 63 will arrive and depart Niagara Fall five minutes later.

 

New N.F. Station to Open Next Tuesday

December 1, 2016

Amtrak will begin halting at the new Niagara Falls, New York, station next Tuesday.

Amtrak 4The station will be served daily by the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and two Empire Service trains from New York City.

Service is being phased in over a 24-hour period on the first day. The two Empire Service trains to New York will depart on Tuesday from the current station at 2701 Willard Ave.

The Maple Leaf and the two inbound Empire Service trains from New York will use the new station, located at 825 Depot Ave.

The new $43 million facility has been in the planning and construction stages for more than two decades and attracted a lot of attention after it took longer than expected for the city and Amtrak to agree on a lease.

Amtrak said it will notify passengers where to board and depart, as well as update its website.

Niagara Falls Gets Amtrak Station Lease

November 11, 2016

The long awaited lease agreement with Amtrak to use the new intermodal facility in Niagara Falls, New York, is finally a done deal.

Amtrak 4The city said that the lease has been agreed upon four months after the city held an open house at the station. That event included a visit from an Amtrak display train.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster said the delay occurred because the city had never negotiated a lease like this before.

“The lease is as we expected it and as Amtrak would have expected it to be, but it took a very long time to get it done,” Dyster said.

Although no date was given for when service will begin, Thomas J. DeSantis, the acting director of planning, said Amtrak can move in at any time. He expects that to occur by the end of November.

The station took a decade to plan and build. It is the first new Amtrak station to open in New York state since Albany-Rensselaer opened in 2002.

Under the terms of the 20-year agreement, Amtrak will lease 29,360 square feet of the station, which is 63 percent of the building.

Amtrak will pay on a quarterly basis 63 percent of the operating costs, including personnel and maintenance.

The passenger carrier will also pay a a one-time upfront fee of $50,000, which the city would hold to begin paying for its share of the station costs.

Amtrak’s fee is an estimated $172,000 a year, but DeSantis said there is no way of knowing the full costs.

The other costs of the facility will be shared by the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Museum, which will lease 2,880 square feet and a yet-to-be-determined tenant that will lease 4,650 square feet of commercial retail space.

The station will have a customs and immigration facility.

City officials are seeking to arrange for Canadian customs to move to the U.S. side of the border and they would like to see Toronto’s GO Transit trains terminate in Niagara Falls, New York.

GO Transit has limited service to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Amtrak’s New York-Toronto Maple Leaf passes through Niagara Falls and two Empire Service trains terminate and originate there.

N.F. Says Amtrak Lease is Getting Closer

October 31, 2016

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.

Niagara Falls Station Still Without Trains

September 21, 2016

Niagara Falls, New York, has a state-of-the-art new $43 million intermodal station that was built in part to serve Amtrak, yet the trains continue to call elsewhere.

Amtrak 4The city and Amtrak have yet to agree on a lease agreement for the station, which remains closed until such a pact is reached.

Amtrak continues to work with the City of Niagara Falls toward execution of a lease agreement allowing us to occupy space in the new train station,” said Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz. “We are working through the remaining issues which we are optimistic can be resolved. We look forward to moving Amtrak operations into the new building and inaugurating service to the new station.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has told local media that “the ball is now in Amtrak’s court.”

Work on the new station was completed this summer and an open house was held at which Amtrak showed off a display train.

In the meantime, Amtrak continues to use a facility in Niagara Falls near Lockport Road.

N.F. Amtrak Station Completed, Still Needs Lease

August 2, 2016

The new Amtrak station in Niagara Falls, New York, held an open house last weekend, but it remains to be seen when trains will begin using the new $43 million transportation complex.

Amtrak 4The city is still negotiating with Amtrak on the details of a lease and service is not expected to begin for at least another month.

The Niagara Falls city council has approved a lease with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a border patrol office in the station.

“But we are still going back and forth about what [Amtrak] wants in and what we want in,” said Thomas J. DeSantis, acting director of planning and economic development for the city.

Amtrak sent an exhibit train to Niagara Falls for the open house.

N.F. Seeks Retailers for New Amtrak Station

April 29, 2016

Niagara Falls is seeking retail tenants to open shop in the New York state city’s Amtrak station that will open this summer.

The two-story facility now under construction has 4,650 square feet of space available for one or more retailers.

Amtrak 4Retail activities must complement the building and the gorge waterfront location.

City officials say their objective is to establish a food service and retail destination for travelers, tourists and local residents.

If possible, the city wants to promote local food and beverage producers.

The available space has access to interior and exterior public areas, and a full range of utilities. Economic development incentives may be available.

The depot’s first floor will have a public lobby/atrium, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Interpretive Center.

The Amtrak ticket office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection facilities will be housed on the second floor.

Those interested should contact Anthony Vilardo, the city’s director of business development, at 286-4480 oranthony.vilardo@niagarafallny.gov

Niagara Falls is served by the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and is the termination and origination point for two Empire Service roundtrips operating to and from New York City.