Rochester Depot Construction Set to Begin

Construction of the new Amtrak station in Rochester, N.Y., is expected to begin soon.

New York Department of Transportation Beau Duffy said the agency is awaiting approval of the design-build contract by the state Comptroller’s office before a final schedule is set.

The new facility will replace an Amtrak-built depot and is expected to cost $29.8 million. That is 12 percent higher than an earlier cost estimate and the difference will be made up with state rail funds, DOT officials said this summer.

Federal grants will cover about $18.5 million, with most of the remainder being state funding.

The station will be built on Central Avenue in downtown Rochester and will serve the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited, the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and the Empire Corridor trains operating between New York and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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