Turn One Seneca Tower into transportation hub
Buffalo is booming, but our train station is an embarrassment. Our bus station is not much better. Why is the ground-floor plaza of One Seneca Tower (nee HSBC, nee Marine Midland) and its associated basement access and parking not turned into the Buffalo Transportation Center?
The tracks are a few feet away, so a tunnel or gangway under Exchange Street to a level platform would be shorter than most airport gates. The ground-floor wing of the building is perfect for offices and check-in counters since it used to be for bank tellers. The large plaza could be room for all buses and the ring of curbs around the entire wing perfect for pick-ups and drop-offs (especially under the tower where it’s dry). Plus there’s copious underground parking, which would be a money-spinner, and access for vehicle maintenance.
Not to mention breathing new life into an empty building, with access to premium office/accommodation space. This is so obvious, why has it not been considered?
Michael A. Binis