Slaughter Announces the Rochester Train Station’s Grand Opening
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that the Rochester train station’s grand opening will take place this Friday, October 6th. Governor Cuomo and state and local leaders will be joining Slaughter at the event. Slaughter secured the federal funding that made the new station possible, and this grand opening marks a big boost to her efforts to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure.
“This day has been a long time coming for our community. I secured the first round of federal funding for the new train station seven years ago this month. After working with stakeholders and constituents and securing more than $18 million in federal funding for this project, this station is finally about to open its doors. This project has untangled track and will strengthen our local economy by getting goods and people where they need to go more safely and reliably. I can’t wait to join members of our community this week to cut the ribbon on the world-class, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant train station Monroe County deserves,” said Slaughter.
Funding for the Rochester Intermodal Station was made possible by $3.5 million Slaughter secured for the preliminary engineering phase and a $15 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program.
Construction on the new station began in October 2014. The Pike Company, Inc., an experienced design-build firm based in Rochester, led a team on the design and construction of this station. It will be truly intermodal by bringing together trains, buses, improved station parking and bicycle and pedestrian access.
The new station will reduce regional delays by expanding track service at the station, increase functionality through a new and redesigned concourse, and enhance the overall passenger experience in the larger, modern station. Congresswoman Slaughter partnered with the New York State Department of Transportation and Amtrak to hold stakeholder meetings and gain perspective about what was important to the community, and incorporated those features into the design.
The project—including the new station, passenger concourse, platform and passenger information display systems—will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.