This morning, the Buffalo News published an article entitled
“Central Terminal won’t serve as rail hub“. An excerpt is below:
“At first I had hoped [it could be], but I don’t think it’s situated in the right place,” said Slaughter, DFairport. “[State] transit officials tell me it would not be suitable, which is too bad. I can tell you they absolutely love it; it’s the last of its kind left in the United States.”
Skip Carrier, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, later explained that the presence of several freight tracks at the northwestern section of the Central Terminal rail yard made the return of passenger service there unlikely.
“It is a very, very difficult situation, given the congestion with freight rail traffic,” Carrier said.
However, Slaughter said she “loves the building” and held out hope for the iconic Art Deco building’s future on Buffalo’s East Side.
“We have to do something for that terminal,” she said. “It is a jewel, and I am very excited about seeing what we can do. I think there will be some help down the road, but not in the high-speed rail bill.”
The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation’s response, as stated in the article, is as follows:
“Things haven’t been finalized. Until they are, we remain optimistic that the Central Terminal will play an important role with high-speed rail in Western New York. We are still proceeding to prepare the terminal for future development”
Vice President, Central Terminal Restoration Corporation
July 14, 2009
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