Schumer's WNY Swing: Groundbreaking At Falls Amtrak Station
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be in western New York for a trio of transportation-related events, including the groundbreaking for the final phase of a new train station.
Schumer will join local officials Monday morning in Niagara Falls for the groundbreaking for the city's International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center. (pictured above) A construction contract for the third and final phase of the $41 million project was awarded to a Niagara Falls company in April.
City officials say construction at the site of the 19th-century U.S. Customhouse will take 18 months to two years to complete. When it's finished, the transportation center will include a new Amtrak passenger station.
The $25 million project will serve as the City’s Amtrak terminal, an inspection site for the Department of Homeland Security and include an Underground Railroad museum. The project is funded in part with a $16.5 million federal grant.
The former U.S. Custom House in Niagara Falls was built in 1863 and served inspectors for the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, Niagara Cantilever Bridge, Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, and Michigan Central Railway Bridge at various points in its history. In the 1960s, it was sold to several different commercial owners before it was abandoned in 1998.
Schumer later heads to Buffalo and Rochester to push for funding for projects in the cities' downtown districts, announcing plans to ask for $28 million federal grant to extend car traffic to lower Main St.