Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport announced Tuesday that she has secured $15 million in federal TIGER grant to build a new intermodal train and bus station in downtown Rochester.
Slaughter, chairwoman and founder of the Upstate Congressional Caucus and a national rail advocate, said the award brings the biggest boost yet to her effort to improve rail travel to and from Rochester’s downtown station on North Clinton Avenue which was designed to be a temporary structure when it was built in 1978.
“I’m absolutely delighted that we can finally move forward with a station worthy of the people and institutions that call Rochester home,” she said. “While there is still more work to be done, this is long awaited and much needed good news for everyone in the greater Rochester area.”
Slaughter also founded the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus. She thanked her friend, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari for their partnership in the project, as well as Commissioner Joan McDonald and Mayor Thomas Richards.
The $15 million adds to $2.8 million Slaughter secured from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and additional stimulus funding rejected by Florida for the scoping and design of the station.
In addition, the station’s design and construction will also receive $7.5 million pledged by the New York Department of Transportation and $500,000 from the city of Rochester.
Slaughter said construction of the station is also guaranteed to create jobs, with an estimated 50 new workers during the 12-month design phase and another 99 jobs during the 30-month construction period.