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New Schenectady Station Opens 2 Weeks Early

October 19, 2018

The new Amtrak station in Schenectady, New York, has opened two weeks ahead of schedule.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 17 for the $23 million station that is served by Amtrak’s Empire Corridor trains as well as the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Adirondack and Ethan Allen Express.

Funding for the station included $19 million from the state of New York, $3.6 million from the Federal Railroad Administration, $220,000 from Amtrak and $48,000 from the Schnectady Metroplex Development Authority.

It is the third new station in the Empire Corridor to open in the past three years following station openings in Niagara Falls (2016) and Rochester (2017).

Schenectady Station to Open in Fall

May 1, 2018

The New York State Department of Transportation expects to open the new Amtrak station in Schenectady in a few months.

In a project update, NYSDOT said the station front is starting to resemble the architect drawings and that steel is going in on the platform.

“They’re working on the head house now, which is the part of the station you encounter when you come off the train, the entryway into the station,” said NYSDOT spokesman Bryan Viggian.

“We’re pleased with the progress. It’s moving on time and on schedule.

The facility replaces a 1970s era station built by Amtrak that was razed last summer. “It had reached its time. Schenectady deserved a nice, more modern station here,” Viggiani said.

The station will resemble a former Union Station that was built in 1910 but demolished several decades later.

Viggiani said the $23 million station would be finished in the fall and is part of a 15-year plan to transform Erie Boulevard.

“It took us a longer time to get it going than I would’ve liked, but the governor was a big help in terms of finally putting that package together,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

Near the station are the Rivers Casino, Riverhouse apartments, and restaurants and offices on the Mohawk riverfront.

“The train station is really just the cherry on top of the sundae there,” said Schenectady County Legislator Gary Hughes.

Schenectady is served by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains to Niagara Falls, New York.

NY Makes 2nd Attempt at Schenectady Station

July 21, 2016
An artists rendering of the proposed new Amtrak station to be built in Schenectady, New York.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed new Amtrak station to be built in Schenectady, New York.

The New York State Department of Transportation is making another attempt to build a new Amtrak station in Schenectady, this time breaking the project into two phases.

An earlier effort to build a new depot ended in failure when the low bid received came in $10 million over budget.

The first phase will include demolition of the existing station, which opened in 1979. Bidding for that project will begin on Sept. 22.

The contractor for this phase will also do concrete work for such things as stairway foundations and elevator shafts.

The second phase will be construction of the new station in 2018. Bidding for that contract will begin in autumn 2017 with construction to be done in 2018. The station will open the same year.

“We split it to attract a wider array of bidders. We’re trying to get more bidders who have a good understanding of the project,” said DOT spokeswoman Carol Breen. “We’re having long advertising periods and holding pre-bid meetings to give contractors a chance to ask questions and clarify anything so we’re getting good bids.”

The station will have 10,630 square feet and is expected to have a traditional railroad station appearance.

Schenectady Station Bid $10M Over Budget

March 7, 2016

Plans to build a new Amtrak station in Schenectady, New York, have hit a snag after the project received just one bid and it was $10 million over budget.

The New York State Department of Transportation is reviewing the bid from the Jersen Construction Group, which was just under $25 million.

Amtrak 4“We’re in the process of reviewing the documents now to find out where the difference is,” said DOT spokeswoman Carol Breen.

That is likely to result in a delay of several weeks that could extend much longer if officials decide to redesign the station or seek another round of bids.

Officials are seeking a facility that will feature such elements as tall arched windows that are similar in style to those of the city’s 1908 Union Station that was demolished in early 1971 to make room for a parking lot.

At that time, Amtrak began using a small shelter in Colonie. Amtrak built the current Schenectady station in 1979 and discontinued use of the Colonie station.

The first design of the proposed Schenectady station was released in May 2007 during planning for a $300 million passenger rail improvement project that included a second track between Albany and Schenectady to alleviate a chronic bottleneck for Amtrak’s Empire Service trains, the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

Work on the new Schenectady station was expected to begin this spring with the station opening in late 2017 or early 2018.