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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Local leaders broke ground Monday morning on the final phase of the new train station in Niagara Falls, officially known as the Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center.

The project has been discussed since 1986, but now all of the funding is in place and the project is moving forward.

When it's completed, the site will house a new Amtrak station as well as Customs facilities and an Underground Railroad museum.

It will be located just feet from the Whirlpool Bridge right near the historic U.S. Customhouse on Whirlpool Street. Leaders say that's a much better location than the current Amtrak station, which is at a rail yard along Lockport Road.

The total project cost exceeds $25 million with more than $16 million coming from the federal government.

This will be the first high speed rail station in New York State to receive that type of federal funding.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said it will create approximately 200 full-time equivalent construction jobs.

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