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WATCH: Rochester rail station on track for end of summer opening

Feb 23, 2017

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the ongoing progress of the Rochester Intermodal Station Thursday, as work on its interior kicks into high gear.

Congresswoman Slaughter (center) stands with crews on the platform of the Rochester Intermodal Station.
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Construction on the project, which is expected to bring together trains, buses, improved station parking, and bicycle and pedestrian access, Slaughter said, is on track to be completed by August.

“I can’t wait to cut the ribbon this new station later this year,” she said.

Funding for the station includes a $15 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which Slaughter helped secure. She said the new station, passenger concourse, platform, and information display systems will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“If you were in a wheelchair, people would have to lift your wheelchair up to get you on the train,” Slaughter said. “That’s all over with. We’ve finally come into this century I think.”

Rochester-based The Pike Company is leading a team of workers on design and construction of the station.

According to Bob Traver, Regional Construction Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, it will reduce regional delays and enhance the overall passenger experience.

“It looks good, it’s going to be functional, and it’s going to be light years ahead of what the temporary station was ,” he said.