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Fall groundbreaking expected for Niagara Falls train station project

A fall groundbreaking is anticipated for the final phase of the City of Niagara Falls' new train station project to be located near the Whirlpool Bridge.

The city received federal approval on Tuesday to put out to bid the final phase of work for its International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center. This phase includes the actual construction of the station building, as well as site work, the passenger platform, final track alignment and streetscaping.

Public advertising for the bids should begin in about a week, said Thomas J. DeSantis, the city's senior planner, in an email. Once bids are received, the City Council must award a contract before work can begin.

The budget for this phase of construction is $25.6 million, with the bulk of the funding - about $22.4 million - coming from the federal and state governments. The city's share will be about $3.2 million.

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