At 1pm this afternoon, Congressman Higgins and Councilman Franczyk will be paying a visit to the Buffalo Central Terminal, to learn more about the potential of the site as a future modern inter-modal train station. Obviously, there are many benefits that go hand-in-hand with this Central Terminal vision, which have been partially spelled out thanks to the interest of an out of town developer by the name of Harry Stinson.
On the flip side, there is a wave of support for plotting a new modern inter-modal train station in the heart of Downtown Buffalo. On Wednesday October 19, at 5:30 pm, a group of advocates will be gathering in Buffalo to show their support for a centrally located train station. The advocates include Bruce Becker (National Association of Railroad Passengers), Dan Leonard (Buffalo Niagara Partnership), and Tom DeSantis (City of Niagara Falls). Mayor Paul Dyster (City of Niagara Falls) will lead the discussion with introductory remarks.
The discussion, which is open to the public, will take place as part of the Citizens for Regional Transit quarterly meeting. Reasoning behind advocating for a downtown location for the station includes close proximity to Sabres games, Canalside, and other destination-oriented amenities that are popping up along the waterfront. The hub would be a place for trains, buses, light rail and bicycles.
An intermodal train station downtown offers the opportunity to reimagine the public space as a landmark hub that will ensure the sustainability of Buffalo’s renaissance by leveling the cost of transportation and widening economic opportunity for everybody.
Now that the Exchange Street Station is on its way out, something bigger and brighter will be the next natural course for transportation in Buffalo. The winds of change are blowing east to the Central Terminal and downtown to the waterfront. Supporters for a centralized hub in Downtown Buffalo point to seamless connectivity with Niagara Falls, the airport and even the Central Terminal, as well as high speed potential to NYC, Chicago, etc. The downtown station would also help to alleviate future parking and traffic issues.
Options for a New Multimodal Transportation Station in Downtown Buffalo
Citizens for Regional Transit
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Free and Open to All
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