With Infrastructure Legislation on National Agenda, Higgins Touts Opportunity that Comes with Return of Rail to Buffalo’s Central Terminal
As the nation prepares to discuss investment in America’s infrastructure and Buffalo examines potential sites for a new passenger rail station, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House Floor in support of Buffalo’s Central Terminal, recognizing the grand architectural landmark as the best choice both in terms of improving transportation options and serving as a catalyst for redevelopment of the City’s Broadway Fillmore neighborhood.
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Below are the Congressman’s remarks:
“Buffalo will select a new site for a train station in the next several months and will build a new passenger train terminal in the next two years. This offers an opportunity to remake Buffalo’s storied Central Terminal.
“Selection of the Central Terminal will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the City’s Broadway Fillmore neighborhood, improve destination choice and will represent the next exciting iteration of what is possible in the new Buffalo.
“This is not simply about building a new train station, selection of the Central Terminal is a bold statement of confidence and commitment by a city of limitless potential and possibility.”
Higgins, who serves as a member of the rail station site selection committee, first sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation calling for a review of options in September after conditions at the existing Exchange Street location forced the station to temporarily close. In October Higgins toured the Central Terminal with City of Buffalo Common Councilman David Franczyk and members of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation and later spoke with Governor Cuomo leading to the Governor’s commitment of $1 million toward the review process. Last week Higgins sent a detailed letter to his colleagues on the site selection committee outlining specific reasons why a station at the Central Terminal is the best choice.
There is a great deal of interest from Congress and the incoming President in pursuing transportation legislation that makes substantial investments in the country’s infrastructure; action Higgins certainly supports as demonstrated by his introduction of Nation Building Here at Home Act, legislation that would inject $985 billion in road, bridge, water, transit and rail infrastructure.