Slaughter Brings Business Leaders Together for a Tour of the Rochester Train Station
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today brought together local business leaders for a tour of the Rochester train station as construction nears completion later this summer. Leaders from AIM Photonics, Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Eastman Business Park, Urban League of Rochester, North American Breweries, Lumetrics, Navitar, and Rochester Red Wings joined Slaughter to tour the progress of construction, which began in October 2014. Slaughter secured the federal funding that made the new station possible.
“I worked for years to secure the federal funding necessary to make this new station a reality, and I cannot wait to cut the ribbon in a few short weeks. I’m pleased to have brought together local business leaders for a tour of our new train station, which is nearly complete after three years of construction. Our community is blessed to be close to so many major cities and this new state-of-the-art, ADA compliant station will help our businesses move goods and people where they need to go and encourage new companies to open their doors right here in Monroe County. It will also reduce delays and make passenger train travel even more accessible for many people across our region,” said Slaughter.
This project marks a big boost to Slaughter’s efforts to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure, which includes securing federal funds for dredging local harbors, investments at the airport, uniting communities with the inner loop project, as well as other road and bridge improvements. 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.
“Rochester’s transformation continues as a welcoming, livable community with projects like the Rochester Intermodal Train Station. The new station provides user-friendly passenger rail services, making Rochester attractive to visitors, and talented workforce to support growth of new companies or current companies. And of course, this leads to positive economic impacts for all of us,” said Dolores Kruchten, Vice President of Eastman Business Park.
“This is a great step forward in improving public transportation in the City of Rochester and making downtown destinations more accessible to residents and tourists,” said Kris Sirchio, CEO, North American Breweries, Genesee’s parent-company. “Our business community is fortunate to have the continued advocacy of Congresswoman Slaughter, and I applaud her efforts to revamp this decades-old train station, improving our infrastructure and promoting connectivity throughout our region.”
“It is high time that Rochester had a train station to make us proud and meet our growing transportation needs. As a traveler that remembers the Claude Bragdon jewel of a station that was inexplicably demolished in 1965, I’m thrilled the new station’s design celebrates our beautiful past. I applaud Congresswoman Slaughter for championing the new Rochester station project, and for her support of rapid transit and multi-modal alternatives,” said Tom Battley, executive director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster.
The Pike Company, Inc., an experienced design-build firm based in Rochester, is leading 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. More information on the station is available here.