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2018-08-09 / Local News

Bohen opposes new train station location

Assemblyman Erik Bohen has called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to re-evaluate the current plan to build a new $25 million train station on the current train station site at Exchange Street and consider locating the new station on Washington Street.

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, headed by Tim Tielman, has developed an alternate site that brings the train station closer to Canalside and allows for future opportunities to develop an intermodal transportation site, which would include rail, light rail and busing, Bohen said.

“After visiting the site and studying both plans from New York State and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo it is clear to me that the Washington Street plan presents a grander and more strategic vision for Buffalo’s new train station. Although I appreciate the investment made to improve the site, Albany once again excluded Erie County residents from the process,” Bohen said.

In late 2016, Gov. Cuomo committed $1 million to develop a new train station. According to Bohen, Cuomo later created the City of Buffalo Train Station Site Selection Committee to choose a site for a new train station, which New York State would fund. The committee, in an 11-4 vote, picked downtown Buffalo as the preferred location, despite that 88 percent of respondents who commented during the public comment period favored the Central Terminal.

On April 16, the public was presented with design plans for the new train station; however, no public input or comments were accepted, Bohen said.

“The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is thrilled that Assemblyman Bohen supports its common-sense alternative proposal for a true intermodal transportation on Washington Street. He recognizes the dire need for enhanced public transportation for all Buffalonians and first class visitor amenities in the Canal District, and understands the role that transit oriented development can play to uplift citizens and cities. We urge DOT and Gov. Cuomo to heed the call of elected officials, citizen groups, and the general public to adapt its Buffalo train station project to serve the larger public good and to do it now,” Tielman said.

New York State has made several investments in new train stations across the state including a $43 million station in Niagara Falls, a $44 million station in Rochester, and a $15 million station for Schenectady. Bohen said Buffalo is among the lowest amounts designated for rail transportation upgrades.

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