A New York transportation official pledged on Wednesday that a new Amtrak station for Schenectady will go out for bid this year and be completed by November 2018. Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said during a tour of the early 1970s era station that the new station project will be bid in two stages.
The remainder of the project will go to bid this fall and is expected to cost $9 million.
Amtrak has agreed to pay some costs not directly associated with the station building, including track work.
Driscoll said the building alone — without repairs to a 100-year-old viaduct included in the first bid proposal — can be done with a $15 million budget.
Some bridge rehabilitation work will be funded by an Amtrak track rebuilding project that is currently in progress.
Amtrak and NYDOT are still discussing erecting a temporary station that passengers will use while the permanent depot is being built.
Schenectady is served by Amtrak’s Maple Leaf, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited and Empire Service trains.
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