New funding could come for train station plans

Funding Sources for New Buffalo Amtrak Site

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A recently-named committee is prepared to find a site for Buffalo's new train station, a project that could benefit from infrastructure funding endeavors in Washington. 

The 17-member panel will review sites such as the Central Terminal, Larkinville, Canalside and even the site of the current Exchange Street Amtrak station. 

$20 million has been earmarked for the new train station's construction on the state level. A committee member said federal funding may also be available with talk of a new infrastructure spending program in Washington. 

"We'll be able to fast track these initiatives that unfortunately have taken the back burner because of a lack of funding," said committee member and NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo. "Now we can drive forward with those. And I think it fits right into the timetable that we're looking at with the new train station in Buffalo."

The Amtrak station site committee may hold its first meeting in mid-December. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recently accepted a challenge from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to firmly decide the train station's new site in six months. 


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