Today, Saturday December 10, is the day that The Central Terminal will be hosting its tree lighting ceremony. Join the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation and members of Councilman David Franczyk’s office, as they celebrate the holiday season by shining a light on the building that they feel is the obvious choice for the city’s next Amtrak station.
Members of a new pro-Central Terminal coalition called Station Support Team include Congressman Brian Higgins, Councilmember David Franczyk, NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, the entire Buffalo Common Council and Erie County Legislature along with community and preservation groups Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Forgotten Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Members from these groups and organizations invite you to come witness the tree lighting, take tours, and then regroup after the ceremony at Arty’s Grill located at 508 Peckham Street. The post event gathering will feature trivia and discussion related to the terminal, past, present and future.
Built at the most efficient crossing site for all passenger train lines in Western New York in 1929, the ideal location for the new Amtrak station was, and still is, the former New York Central Terminal.
Moving forward, Central Terminal activists will be aggressively promoting the historic station as the only logical place for the Amtrak station. A new website has launched – www.allaboardct.com – along with a social media hashtag campaign #allaboardct.
The advocates for the terminal feel that the addition of a new Amtrak station will help to jumpstart the reversal of economic decline in the surrounding neighborhoods. That, and the groundwork was laid many years ago for this station to be an intermodal transportation hub for the region.
Free Tours and Christmas tree lighting at Central Terminal
Free tour at 5:30pm, along with a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas selfie station next to the famous concourse Buffalo statue