Downtown Buffalo Has Inside Track Over Central Terminal for New Train Station

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's full steam ahead for a new train station in downtown Buffalo, but Thursday's recommendation is not without detractors.

Consultants from the engineering firm hired by the New York State Department of Transportation made a final presentation, after which, the train station site committee voted 11-4, with one abstention, for the downtown location.

Despite a public push for the historic but empty and relatively distant Central Terminal, and accusations from Rep. Brian Higgins that the decision was made well before the meeting, Mayor Byron Brown says the correct decision was made through an open, thorough and transparent process.

Supporters for downtown said all along that location would provide visitors with more access to Canalside, hotels and restaurants.

Brown said there were many factors that came into play, with money one of them, and also says a downtown station provides the best chance to show off the city.

Supporters of the Central Terminal argued that a new train station would help revitalize Buffalo's east side and bring development to a long ignored neighborhood.

Higgins said that not choosing the terminal is a generational opportunity lost, but believes the recent spotlight will lead to the eventual redevelopment of the stately if lonesome architectural and historical icon.

The process now moves to the state DOT.

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