Amtrak

Can passenger trains power Buffalo's economy to the next level?

Aug 7, 2017
Eileen Elibol

Many in Western New York have been talking about expanding public modes of transportation as a way to boost the economy and better connect residents and visitors. Expanded bus service, rapid transit and passenger trains are all on the table. Most recently, Niagara Falls opened an expanded new Amtrak station and Buffalo decided to locate its new station in downtown. WBFO's Marian Hetherly and Eileen Elibol decided to take the 45-minute train from Depot Avenue in the Falls to Exchange Street in downtown Buffalo for insight from the employees and passengers who ride the rails.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

What to do about Buffalo's Central Terminal has been a local question for decades. Now, a team of experts on development is in town to study the issue and make some recommendations on Friday.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The group in charge of choosing a site for a new Buffalo train station has recommended the station be built downtown, near the current Exchange Street site.

Supporters of the Central Terminal option, prior to the meeting, suggested the people making the selection already had their minds made up and willingly ignored the overwhelming public support for the East Side site.

Campaign for Greater Buffalo

With a state-appointed committee due to decide Thursday where a new city passenger train station should be located, a highly visible preservationist is arguing the new station should be in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street just south of Exchange Street.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As a vote on a new Amtrak train station site draws near, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is supporting the Central Terminal location in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the organization and other supporters of the site say it's time to bring new economic life to that east side neighborhood.    

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls, New York has opened its new train and intermodal transportation station. Leaders in the Cataract City hail it as another component for local tourism. And they're looking to Buffalo, which is expected to soon decide where to build its own new train station, and urging their neighbors to get it done.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The unofficial vote went to Amtrak returning to Broadway-Fillmore's Central Terminal during a packed and occasionally raucous public meeting Tuesday night at the Buffalo Science Museum.

WBFO News file photo

You have a chance to weigh in Tuesday evening and learn more about the proposed sites for a new train station in Buffalo.  The Governor's Train Station Site Selection Committee, led by Mayor Byron Brown, is set to host a hearing at 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

WBFO file photo

Congressman Brian Higgins is urging Amtrak to support Buffalo's Central Terminal site as the choice for a future train station.


WBFO News File Photo

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants federal officials to move faster to require mass transit employees nationwide be screened through federal terrorism watch lists.

Amtrak and the City of Niagara Falls have reached an agreement on a lease deal for space in the city's new transportation center. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

State rail inspectors found some critical problems on a CSX rail line running through downtown Buffalo and on to Niagara Falls, which carries six Amtrak passenger trains each day.


WBFO file photo

With a million-dollar incentive placed on the table Wednesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was already discussing possible candidates for a committee that will be tasked with identifying the site for the city's new train station.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo might get a new train station or two, but it will not be quick, simple or cheap. That was the message delivered Wednesday night at a meeting about a new downtown station.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

What once served as Buffalo's train station may be revived to serve in that role again, if advocates for the landmark have their way. Congressman Brian Higgins, who is urging the exploration of options for a future Buffalo train station when federal funds become available, got a tour of the space on Wednesday.


Wikipedia

Buffalo's old Central Terminal could finally be brought back to life if the community goes along with plans for reusing the iconic structure.


As downtown Buffalo's Amtrak station remains closed for repairs following recent heavy rains, Congressman Brian Higgins is clear on his opinion of the facility - it is time to look for alternative locations.


blog.amtrak.com

The City of Niagara Falls is getting a new Amtrak train station.

WBFO News File Photo

Niagara Falls' new $40 million Amtrak Station is almost complete, but one last piece of the puzzle remains. Falls Business Development Director Anthony Villardo says it is an exciting opportunity for the right business looking to be part of what will be a major new tourism attraction for international travelers.

wbfo file photo / WBFO News

Two people are dead after an Amtrak train accident just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sunday morning. 

Coalition calls for new Amtrak station in Buffalo

Jan 18, 2016
W

The Partnership for the Public Good has released its annual policy agenda Friday. The initiatives are developed in cooperation with more than 200 non-profit and community groups.