Buffalo Central Station

December 15, 2016
Dylan Hayward

Proposals for a new train station in Buffalo are being considered by a panel led by Buffalo’s Mayor Byron Brown.

One captivating proposal is to rehabilitate Buffalo’s Central Terminal and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. This plan is exciting because it appeals to a broad range of constituents. It has the potential to bring together a diverse coalition capable of securing funding.

The master plan to rehabilitate Buffalo Central Station was put forward by Toronto developer Harry Stinson and is estimated to cost between $150 million to $200 million over five years.

This is a large-scale project that includes creating a 17-story office building and hotel connected to the station. The new concourse would feature event spaces, retail stores and restaurants. A transportation hub would include trains, buses, taxis and a shuttle service to downtown, the medical district and the airport.

A revitalized station provides the opportunity to rethink the use of the land around the station in order to revive the neighborhood. Transportation oriented development is key to the plan’s viability and a number of apartment complexes, row houses and a food market are included in the master plan.

The redevelopment of Buffalo Central Station would positively affect the surrounding neighborhood, creating a lasting tourist attraction and improving transportation options regionally and within the city.

Successful implementation of high-speed and intercity passenger rail will require building coalitions of diverse constituencies that will support components of the network. The revitalization of Buffalo Central terminal would be a valuable tool for building a larger base of support because it brings together people focused on historic preservation, civic pride and economic development in addition to advocates for faster, more frequent and more dependable trains.

Best,

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

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The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance’s newsletter featured a detailed look at CrossRail Chicago and how it could benefit residents of Indiana and other Midwest states.

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Articles We Enjoyed:

Plans for Central Terminal Hinge on Residents as much as Rail Traffic
“The fate of Buffalo's Central Terminal could be shaped as much by the people who would live there as by those catching trains.”

The First Brightline Trainset is Headed to Florida
As the first Brightline trainset left Sacramento, "hundreds of Siemens employees who worked on the trainset gathered to say farewell to the locomotive and commemorate its completion."

Federal Regulators Will Let U.S. Railroads Run Faster, More Efficient Trains
"Why are American trains so expensive and yet so slow? One factor that rail advocates often point to is the Federal Railroad Administration and its rail safety regulations — rules that are finally on the verge of changing."

High Speed Rail: The Right Kind of Infrastructure Investment
"In addition to the flashy high speed rail between the big cities, more incremental improvements to Amtrak service to smaller cities would help a wider swath of America and feed into the high-speed mainline service."

Is Crumbling Infrastructure Inhibiting American Productivity
"Paul Solman, takes a trip on the rails to look at how attitudes have changed over time, part of his weekly series, Making Sense."

What’s Next for Wick Moorman and Amtrak?
“Part of what brought me here is that the general public's desire for more effective passenger-rail transportation has grown enormously over the past 10 years,” says Moorman

Faster Rail Service is Coming to America - Slowly
"It’s not “high speed,” exactly. But a mix of privately funded rail projects and improvements to existing Amtrak lines are finally starting to get American trains moving."

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