Besides being an instantly recognizable element of the Buffalo skyline and a cultural landmark, the Terminal could once again serve as a gateway to the city by utilizing the opportunities presented by its location and the current system of networks which pass through or near the structure. Through reactivation of these dormant systems, the Terminal could provide transportation for suburbanites to the city, welcome both domestic and international tourists to the city, and connect the east coast to midwest without delays, all from its existing site and without severe infrastructure disturbance or interruption.
The same historic reasons for locating the Terminal in its present location are still as valid today as they were a century ago. The structure’s proximity ( 2.5 miles or less ) to downtown and Larkin business districts, while being adjacent to a historic walkable neighborhood (Polonia), presents the Terminal with the opportunity to be the cornerstone of a renaissance.
Following the current trend of urban reinvestment and emphasis on green development, the Terminal, in conjunction with a coordinated city and regional planning initiative, could be energized as the intended intermodal “Hub” facility. This could be accomplished through expansion of a commuter light rail system (connecting the Buffalo International Airport, Walden Galleria, Buffalo Central Terminal, and the Downtown Business Core), reestablishment of public transportation and incorporation of anticipated High Speed Rail (proposed terminus of the Empire Corridor connecting New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo). This opportunity is further enhanced by recognizing the present availability and accessibility of abandoned existing infrastructure.