New Exchange Street Station Twice the Size of Previous Rail Station and Provides an Interconnected Gateway to Downtown Buffalo
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that major construction has been completed on the new, state-of the-art transportation hub in downtown Buffalo. The Exchange Street Station, which was constructed on time and on budget, is twice the size of the city’s previous rail station and provides travelers with a convenient and intermodal gateway to Buffalo’s bustling downtown with easy connections to local bus and light rail service. The new station will promote economic activity and tourism for the entire Western New York region and further Buffalo’s continued resurgence by making it easier to visit the area’s many attractions.
“Access to multiple forms of transportation is essential to growing any local economy. For far too long, the Queen City has been without a welcoming rail station that’s commensurate with the growth Western New York has experienced in recent years,” Governor Cuomo said. “Thanks to the hard work of so many people, Buffalo now has the modern transportation hub it deserves – and with the completion of this project we are sending a message that we can still build and get things done even during COVID.”
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “This project represents a commitment to providing residents from throughout our region with another option to access all that is happening in downtown Buffalo. It will give a boost to the continued economic development happening in the city’s central business district and shows residents of Erie County and further visitors to Western New York that Governor Cuomo and the state of New York remain focused on helping our economy grow, even during these uncertain times as we continue to address the global pandemic.”
Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “The completion of the new Exchange Street Station is a major step forward as we continue to modernize and enhance public accessibility and passenger experience in downtown Buffalo. After accepting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $1 million six-month challenge in 2016 to guide the process and ultimately recommend the Exchange Street site as the ideal location for a new and modern train station, we now celebrate its completion. With substantial input from our community, the new Exchange Street Station serves as a great interconnected gateway into downtown Buffalo, and will make travel easier for residents and visitors alike, while also spurring economic activity and tourism. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation for their continued commitment and investment in Buffalo’s future.”