Earlier this week, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation commissioner calling for a portion of the $25 million allocated for the Buffalo train station in 2019-20 to be released this year, so planning can begin now on a new station in Buffalo.
Higgins continued his push with the following remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives:
"Western New York is experiencing a resurgence that was unimaginable 10 years ago. We have reclaimed our waterfront, generated thousands of jobs in the life sciences, and will soon be the largest supplier of solar panels in the western hemisphere.
"But still there is much work to be done. Buffalo's Exchange Street Amtrak station is, in terms of function and aesthetics, the worst in the state, and among the worst in the entire nation. It is currently closed because a ceiling collapsed. This is a station that is not in keeping with a city that is on the rise.
"Yesterday, I asked the New York State Department of Transportation to begin planning on a new station at our bustling Canalside district or our historic Central Terminal.
"If we act quickly to produce a plan for a new state-of-the-art train station that is shovel-ready, we will be in a position to position Buffalo to benefit from a much-needed investment in infrastructure throughout the nation."