• Ongoing coronavirus / COVID-19 discussion: how is the pandemic affecting your community, workplace, and wellness? 🦠

    Working from home? So are we. Come join us! Cyburbia is a friendly big tent, where we share our experiences and thoughts about urban planning practice, planning adjacent topics, and whatever else comes to mind. No ads, no spam, no social distancing.

Transportation New train station in downtown Buffalo will open this fall


The new elevated station is being constructed on the site of the former Amtrak facility that was 62 years old. Work on the new $27.65 million facility on Exchange Street is nearing completion, according to The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

History - December, 2018:
State awards contract to build new train station in Downtown Buffalo
(Click too see renderings subimitted in 2018.)
Last edited by a moderator:
  • Like
Reactions: Dan


Meh. They should have restored the old Central Terminal.
Exactly what I was going to say!
Why not put that same effort into the Buffalo Central Terminal? It would have been a much more impressive accomplishment, hands down, and I'd be willing to wager it could have come in at less than $27.65 million.

->Important & exciting new prospect!

Wed Sept 16, 2020
Buffalo News Opinion
It’s Never Too Late: Need for Rail Connection from the Central Terminal to Niagara Falls

Snippets (my bolding):

"Ontario has committed to bringing daily commuter rail utilizing the Go Trains to connect Toronto and Niagara Falls by 2022. Buffalo and Western New York has a once in a lifetime opportunity if local leadership steps forward and acknowledges the potential benefits that now presents itself."

"Establishing a commuter line using the existing Amtrak right of way that runs along the Niagara River and through Downtown Buffalo to a restored Central Terminal would offer unlimited opportunities for Buffalo."

"Including the [Central] Terminal in this proposal would add the dimension of jump starting the rebirth of the East Side along with bringing travelers from Ontario within shuttle distance to Buffalo Niagara International Airport and surrounding hotels with the option to use an existing rail corridor to connect directly to the airport."


I checked... the spur I was thinking of is gone, but there's another one that could be used.

The Central Terminal is at the west end where the two spurs I drew meet, the Airport at the east end. The northern spur was the one I was thinking of.

I grew up about 4-5 blocks north of that spur, between the NYS Thruway and Union Road. We used to ride our bikes along that track down to Thruway Mall at Harlem Road and Walden Avenue, which was more direct and actually safer than riding on the surface streets.

When I was a kid, that whole intersection (Harlem and Walden) was elevated and the train rain under it. It's no longer elevated, and part of the railroad bed was used for Galleria Drive when the Walden Galleria was built (northeast of the cloverleaf intersection of the NYS Thruway and Walden Ave.) So that spur no longer exists and could not be re-created.

The southern spur though runs right along the main line parallel to Broadway, and (unknown to me) branches off to the north just east of Dick Road and goes straight into the airport. It looks like it's still active. And it goes right by the Depew Amtrak Station at Dick Road between Walden and Broadway, which would be another logical stop.
Last edited: