BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new train station is coming to Buffalo but the location has not been determined. However, it could be decided in the next six months by a newly appointed committee. That is due in part to a challenge Buffalo's Mayor Brown Brown has accepted from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
On Tuesday, Brown announced a 17-member panel will work to determine the train station's future location to replace Exchange Street's aging Amtrak station. That is according to a release from the mayor's office.
The Exchange Street station closed temporarily in late September due to a partial roof collapse and in 2005 was rated by City Lab as one of the saddest train stations in America.
Cuomo challenged Brown to find the best place to build a new train station within six months. The governor's administration has said it will fund up to $1 million for a study to help with the search.
University at Buffalo's Robert Shibley, Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, will serve as the stakeholder committee's lead facilitator.
The mayor's office says a public hearing will be held in the coming weeks to give residents the change to have their opinions on the train station's new location heard. The mayor's office also says that the committee will consider proposed locations that already have public support.
The committee will work closely with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). NYSDOT has chosen WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, a multinational engineering and design firm, to help with the technical aspects of choosing the new location.
Stakeholders will vote on the site for the new, modern train station at the end of the six-month process.