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Rochester Station Named for late Congresswoman

March 28, 2019

The Amtrak station in Rochester, New York, was recently dedicated to the memory of the late U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter.

Slaughter as instrumental in winning a federal TIGER grant of $15 million that was used to construct the station, which opened in October 2017 after a 15-year planning process.

Slaughter died in March 2018 and before her death helped to secure $18.5 million in federal funds for the station’s construction.

Her daughters, Emily Robin Minerva and Megan Secatore, joined Amtrak and New York public officials for a dedication ceremony.

The station will be called the Louise M. Slaughter Rochester Station. It serves Empire Corridor trains between New York and Niagara Falls, New York, the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

It is built on the site of a “temporary” Amtrak-built station that was used for 36 years. That station was in turn built on the footprint of a former New York Central depot.

Rochester Station Cost 49% More Than Expected

October 18, 2017

The newly opened Amtrak station in Rochester, New York, has received high marks, but it also wound up costing 49 percent more than projected.

The new station replaced a modular facility that Amtrak built in the 1970s.

When the project was announced in 2014, the projected cost was put at $29.8 million.

Even that figure was an increase over projections of a few years earlier. Officials said that design changes and delays has increased the sticker price.

But when the station opened more than a week ago, officials said that the station had cost $44.3 million.

In a news release, the New York Department of Transportation said that $20.4 million of the expenses were covered by the federal government, $500,000 by the City of Rochester and $23.4 million by the state.

NYDOT said a number of things led to the increased cost. Those included unexpected costs related to skylights, bridges, soil removal and drainage work.

This included unforeseen problems once workers reached the basement of the former New York Central Railroad station that stood at the site.

Those increased design and construction contract costs from $29.5 million to $34.3 million.

Much of the remaining $10 million in added costs came from track work performed by CSX. This included moving two mainline tracks and building two new tracks for Amtrak’s use.

An open government group said that CSX was paid $8 million for that work.

Rochester is served by four Amtrak Empire Service trains, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited.

New Rochester Station Opens

October 9, 2017

The new Amtrak station in Rochester, New York, opened last Friday at the same location as the previous Amtrak-built modular facility.

The new station is fully ADA-compliant and has a new high-level platform serving two dedicated boarding tracks.

Attending a ribbon cutting ceremony were Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. During the ceremony, the eastbound and westbound Maple Leaf’s met at the new station.

Aside from the Maple Leaf, Rochester is served by the Lake Shore Limited and four Empire Service trains between New York and Niagara Falls, New York.

Work Progressing on New Rochester Station

February 11, 2016

Officials in Rochester, New York, say a new intermodal terminal to serve Amtrak is progressing well and is expected to open as scheduled in autumn 2017.

A mild winter has enabled workers to make good progress, including beginning excavation work. The $29.8 million station will replace a modular structure built by Amtrak in 1978.

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Artist rendering of interior of Rochester station now under construction.

The new intermodal facility is being built on the site of the Amtrak-built depot on the north edge of downtown Rochester.

City officials have closed some streets so that workers can strengthen 115-year old bridges used by Amtrak and CSX trains.

St. Paul Street, which has been closed for fourth months, is expected to reopen next week at which time North Clinton Avenue will be closed.

Federal and state funding is paying for the bulk of the costs of building the new station, which will be used by Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and four New York-Niagara Falls, New York, Empire Service trains.

The Amtrak-built station has been razed and passengers are using a temporary station and boarding platform.

The project involves building a fourth track near the station and realigning three other tracks, all of which are owned by CSX.

Amtrak trains will be able to stop in Rochester without blocking CSX trains.Passengers will access the station platforms through underground tunnels.

Razing of Rochester Amtrak Stations Gets Started

November 23, 2015

Demolition work began earlier this month on the Amtrak-built 1970s era station in Rochester, New York, to make way for a new intermodal facility.

Amtrak passengers will use a temporary facility while the $29.8 million new station is built during the next 18 months.

The New York Department of Transportation said the new station is expected to open in summer 2017 and will feature retail space and more comfortable waiting and ticketing areas.

The design of the station has a two-sided, high-level passenger platform that will be accessed through a concourse from the station.

Station parking and bicycle and pedestrian access will be improved.
CSX previously had realigned its tracks by the station and installed a dedicated rail line for freight traffic.

Amtrak and CSX trains will continue to share two main tracks. As part of the project, CSX strengthened three railroad bridges near the station to carry the two additional passenger tracks being constructed to provide Amtrak train access to the new station.

Funding for the project included a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.
NYSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration provided $3.5 million in funding for the preliminary engineering phase of the project, including $2.8 million secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The city of Rochester is contributing $500,000 toward final design and construction.

Rochester is served by the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and four Empire Service trains between New York and Niagara Falls, New York.

Amtrak Opens Temporary Rochester Depot

November 7, 2015

Amtrak opened a temporary station in Rochester, New York, this past week while the existing facility is razed and replaced by a larger and more modern facility.

The temporary deport is located on Central Avenue and is adjacent to the existing station, which Amtrak build in the 1970s. The interim station will have a ticket office, waiting area and a parking lot.

Amtrak and New York officials expect the new $30 million station to open in fall of 2017.

That facility will feature a two-sided, high-level passenger platform that will be reached via an underground concourse.

Two Amtrak trains will be able to board simultaneously. Rochester is served by the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and New York-Niagara Falls, New York, Empire Corridor.

Pike Company of Rochester won the contract to build the new station.