Progress Slow on New Stations in New York

Local officials and Amtrak are slowly moving ahead toward constructing a new intermodal station in Niagara, Falls, N.Y., that will be used by Empire Corridor trains as well as the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf. The facility will also accommodate buses.

However, the Niagara Falls project is several years behind schedule and the construction bids recently came in higher than expected.

The station project is now expected to cost $25.6 million.

Plans for a new intermodal station in Rochester, N.Y., which sees the same trains as Niagara Falls plus the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited has suffered similar delays.

The New York Department of Transportation has taken over the design of the proposed Rochester facility.

The four design-build teams being considered for the project have now submitted proposals, DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Post said, but they’re still being reviewed.

The proposed Rochester facility would be located at the same location as the current Amtrak station, which was built in the 1970s.

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