Downtown Buffalo recommended for train station

Deadline Tomorrow For Train Station Decision

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Train Station Committee voted 11-4-1 in favor of a downtown Buffalo location for a new train station. 

The Central Terminal was one of the other locations that was being considered.

"There is no doubt that Buffalo needs a new train station to replace the aging structure on Exchange Street. Last fall, I issued a $1 million, six-month challenge to Mayor Byron Brown to convene a group of stakeholders, hire a consultant to provide technical information and expertise to guide the discussion, and to ultimately recommend the ideal location for a new, modern train station. This group, and residents from across Western New York, have been engaged in a fruitful, robust discussion on the scope of this important decision about where to locate the new train station," said Governor Andrew Cuomo is a released statement.

Congressman Brian Higgins (D) released this statement following the vote: 

 

“This process needed a little more imagination, a little more vision, and a lot more guts. We’ve lost a generational opportunity to restore the Central Terminal and extend Buffalo’s renaissance into its neighborhoods.   “We should be capitalizing on our unique architecture and investing in our historic but forgotten neighborhoods.  Instead this is a decision to invest millions of dollars in the status quo – another station almost exactly where Exchange Street sits now, just on the opposite side of the tracks under a highway overpass - not the forward-thinking, bold vision this community deserves.   “This decision was not based on what train riders want, what Canalside visitors want or what the people of Western New York want, because they overwhelmingly support the Central Terminal.  In fact, 87.9% of public comments submitted to the train station selection committee favored the Central Terminal. This should have been a decision by Buffalo and for Buffalo.  “We don’t take up fights because they are easy, we fight for what’s right.  While I am disappointed by this missed opportunity I remain optimistic about the Central Terminal’s future, and will continue to fight for this historic treasure and the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.”

 

Today's meeting was closed to the public and the media.  It was however, live streamed.

 

 

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