Louise Line: Your New Train Station
For 37 years, a temporary and deficient rail station has served as our region’s only hub for rail travel. It's outrageous, and now, it’s about to finally change.
As a part of my larger infrastructure agenda, I worked for years to make the new, intermodal train station a reality. In 2012, I secured a competitive, $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant needed for a complete remodel. That is in addition to the $3.5 million I also secured for the preliminary engineering phase. In a grand design that echoes the Claude Bragdon Station that came before it, our new station is nearly ready and will finally be a gateway for more than 120,000 annual travelers.
We all know that good jobs and new companies come when we invest in infrastructure. Rebuilding and expanding our train station will surely have a ripple effect across our local economy, strengthening existing businesses and helping recruit new ones. Earlier this week, I brought local business leaders from AIM Photonics, Eastman Business Park, the Rochester Red Wings, and more to tour the progress and discuss strategies to attract new companies to our city.
Thanks to the great work from our local construction crews and partners in NYSDOT and Amtrak, it took under just three years of construction to complete your new station. Here’s a look at some of the new features you can expect:
It is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, with ADA accessible passenger concourses and information display systems.
Track service has been expanded, which will increase functionality and the flow of goods and people throughout our region while helping cut back on delays.
Bike and pedestrian pathways have been restored, allowing more people to travel to and from the station safely.
The new station will be 30 percent larger than the existing one, with more seating and parking spaces.
Every day, more and more New Yorkers are choosing to travel by train and yet, for years, our train station was neglected. This summer, that changes. When it’s fully complete, our station will bring together rail travel, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other modes of transportation and serve our community for decades to come.
Every single person who walks off a train in Rochester deserves a grand welcome to our great city, and with this station they will finally have it. I am proud to have made this new station a reality and look forward to cutting that ribbon later this summer!
Louise M. Slaughter