Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak in Niagara Falls’

New Niagara Falls Depot Still Without Trains

September 22, 2016

Niagara Falls, New York, has a state-of-the-art new $43 million intermodal station that was built to serve Amtrak, yet its trains continue to call elsewhere.

Amtrak 4The city and Amtrak have yet to agree on a lease agreement for the station, which remains closed until such a pact is reached.

“Amtrak continues to work with the City of Niagara Falls toward execution of a lease agreement allowing us to occupy space in the new train station,” said Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz. “We are working through the remaining issues which we are optimistic can be resolved. We look forward to moving Amtrak operations into the new building and inaugurating service to the new station.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has told local media that “the ball is now in Amtrak’s court.”

Work on the new station was completed this summer and an open house was held at which Amtrak showed off a display train.

In the meantime, Amtrak continues to use a facility in Niagara Falls near Lockport Road.

New N.F. Depot Finished, but Lacks Amtrak Lease

August 2, 2016

The new Amtrak station in Niagara Falls, New York, held an open house last weekend, but it remains to be seen when trains will begin using the new $43 million transportation complex.

Amtrak 4The city is still negotiating with Amtrak on the details of a lease and service is not expected to begin for at least another month.

The Niagara Falls city council has approved a lease with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a border patrol office in the station.

“But we are still going back and forth about what [Amtrak] wants in and what we want in,” said Thomas J. DeSantis, acting director of planning and economic development for the city.

Amtrak sent an exhibit train to Niagara Falls for the open house.

N.F. Seeks Retail for New Amtrak Station

April 29, 2016

Niagara Falls is seeking retail tenants to open shop in the New York state city’s Amtrak station that will open this summer.

The two-story facility now under construction has 4,650 square feet of space available for one or more retailers.

Amtrak 4Retail activities must complement the building and the gorge waterfront location.

City officials say their objective is to establish a food service and retail destination for travelers, tourists and local residents.

If possible, the city wants to promote local food and beverage producers.

The available space has access to interior and exterior public areas, and a full range of utilities. Economic development incentives may be available.

The depot’s first floor will have a public lobby/atrium, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Interpretive Center.

The Amtrak ticket office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection facilities will be housed on the second floor.

Those interested should contact Anthony Vilardo, the city’s director of business development, at 286-4480 oranthony.vilardo@niagarafallny.gov

Niagara Falls is served by the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and is the termination and origination point for two Empire Service roundtrips operating to and from New York City.

Niagara Falls City Council Agrees to Kick in More Money Toward Building New Amtrak Station

July 7, 2015

An additional $380,000 has been kicked in by the Niagara Falls (New York) city council toward the third phase of construction of a new Amtrak station.

The money will be used to pay for an additional security position at the station construction site, LED lighting for the parking lot, indoor seating at the station and newly identified construction needs.

The $43 million project has had $622,250 in total change orders approved by the council since it began.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said all costs were unanticipated, except the flagger, who will coordinate the passage of trains through the construction site.

He said the cost of the flagger was anticipated through the project’s contingency budget and will cover the position’s salary for the project’s duration.

“We knew of this since we came forward with the new budget,” he said.

However, Dyster said that that personnel cost had been “kicked down the road” since the project’s inception, when New York state intervened after no bid came within the city’s proposed budget.

Council Chairman Andrew Touma said that despite the additional funds approved by the council that the Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center remains within budget.

Niagara Falls is served by the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and two Empire Service roundtrips to and from New York City that terminate in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Station Work is Underway

October 1, 2014

Construction is underway and on schedule for the new Amtrak station in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

About a third of the earth-moving work has been completed in preparation for pouring the foundation of the $23 million Niagara Falls Intermodal Transportation Center.

Workers have been cutting a hill that abuts the railroad tracks down to street grade where the two-story facility will be built. The second story will lead to a platform situated 4 feet above the tracks.

Work will continue through the winter so long as temperatures allow the foundations to be poured and the steel structure to be placed. The center is expected to open in early 2016.

Niagara Falls is served by Amtrak’s New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and by two Empire Service roundtrips that originate and terminate at New York’s Penn Station.

Niagara Falls Getting new Amtrak Station

April 28, 2014

Amtrak trains serving Niagara Falls, N.Y., will soon be getting a new station after the city council voted to award a $22.7 million construction contract

The new transportation center will service Amtrak’s New York-Toronto Maple Leaf and serve as the eastern anchor of the Empire Corridor.

The facility will include facilities for customs and immigration officials.

“This is something moving forward that we need to have in place,” said Councilman Andrew Touma.

“We get 8 million visitors a year and we need to give them options and we need to give them quality options.”

Construction is expected to get underway in May. The project will be completed in three phases, and cost a total of $40 million.