U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter on on Thursday announced that Rochester is one step closer to beginning development of a new high-speed, rail-ready intermodal train station.
Slaughter said funding to the tune of $2.5 million passed a key benchmark in Congress and is being allocated to build a station in Rochester to allow passengers to travel by train, bus, taxi, car and bicycle, all from one location.
“In order to make high-speed rail accessible to tourists and business commuters, we must not let their journey stop at the train station,” Slaughter said. “Intermodal stations are [a] gateway to public transportation services — both inter-city and intra-city and they are the key to linking rail to economic development.”
She said Rochester’s Amtrak station, built in 1978 on Central Avenue, was intended to be a temporary facility and lacks adequate handicapped accessibility. It also is not constructed to support new high-speed rail.
The $2.5 million is being directed to Rochester to kick off the planning and design of an intermodal station to house Amtrak, Greyhound and Trailways buses, and provide connectivity to RTS city buses, taxi and other modes of transportation.
The funding is in addition to $1.5 million Slaughter announced for development of Rochester’s train station, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.