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Letter: Black Rock is ideal site for a new train station

Black Rock is ideal site for a new train station

The new Amtrak station in downtown Buffalo will never pay for itself. The new Niagara Falls train station for $40 million is an example. A station will only be a success if it is part of a combined terminal including Amtrak, intercity buses and Metro buses connected to Metro Rail. This joint station would handle a much larger passenger volume and support a large lobby with all of the public amenities.

The Buffalo location needs to be more central to serve more of Western New York, including the northern suburbs and the out-of-town students at the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State.

An excellent location would be in the Black Rock section where Buffalo’s original train station was in the early 1900s. This land is currently vacant and easy to build on, with existing expressways and major streets. It would also support new area development for the public and business. There would be easy access for visitors to cultural attractions, such as the history and art museums, Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo.

I have photos, maps and layouts if there is any interest. This proposal was submitted to Mayor Byron Brown and other government officials without the slightest reply. Hopefully general public support could lead to a re-examination of the recent decision.

Robert Gacek

Amherst

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