Event Promotes Buffalo Central Terminal

The campaign to convert Buffalo Central Terminal into an Amtrak continued on Saturday with an open house and Christmas tree lighting led by Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo.

Amtrak 4He hosted 500 people on a tour of the terminal, which last hosted Amtrak in 1979.

“I think this is a beautiful structure,” he said. “At one time 200 passenger trains came into Buffalo every single day. And the new train station in Buffalo should be right here.”

The station was built in 1929 by the New York Central.

Higgins said there’s $25 million in federal funds available for a new station and matching funds from the state may be available.

The funding will not be available until 2018 by which time local officials hope to have decided on a station site.

The committee that will select the station location is scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday in the Common Council chamber at City Hall.

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