Construction crews are removing the extra two Metro Rail station shelters at Canalside, as part of the plan to restore car traffic to that portion of Main Street, now that the workers and utility companies have completed their excavation of test pits to identify where underground utility connections are.
The Canalside station has long had double stops on each side of the tracks because of the train crossover at that location between Scott and Exchange streets. But the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is shifting that function to the DL&W yard farther south, since the Cars Sharing Main Street project means cars and trains will have to face the same direction in order for traffic to flow. So the surplus station stops are no longer needed.
Demolition is already underway on the first surplus station structure, on the east side of Main Street closest to Scott Street, with the top portion coming down first, followed by the concrete foundation. The structure at the north end will remain, but will be refurbished.
In the meantime, Metro Rail passengers are using the stations on the west side of Main, with outbound trains using the crossover to switch to the tracks on the east side after departing the station. Workers will take down the extra station on the west side later, leaving one station on each side.