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Press Releases > Mayor Brown Announces Committee to Consider Locations for New Train Statio

Mayor Brown Announces Committee to Consider Locations for New Train Station

November 22 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the seventeen member committee that will work to determine the location of the new train station. Today’s announcement stems from Mayor Brown accepting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s challenge to spend six months leading the effort to find the ideal location for a new station to replace the aging structure on Exchange Street.  The Governor’s administration will fund up to one million dollars for the complete study.

Mayor Brown stated, “I’m grateful to Governor Cuomo for asking me to Chair the process to find the right location for a new modern train station in Buffalo and we’re moving full steam ahead in our search for the best location for the train station.”

The committee of stakeholders will be coordinated by Robert G. Shibley, Professor and Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, who agreed to serve as lead facilitator for this process.  The committee will work in tandem with NYSDOT, which has selected WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to do the technical work associated with the site selection process.  A public hearing will be held within the next few weeks for all residents to have the opportunity to submit testimony related to potential sites across the City of Buffalo.

The Stakeholder Committee will be comprised of the following leaders: Governor Andrew Cuomo; Mayor Byron Brown; Congressman Brian Higgins; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; Senator Tim Kennedy; Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes; Commissioner Matt Driscoll, NYS Department of Transportation; President and CEO Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development; Transit Director Tom George, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; Commissioner Steve Stepniak, City of Buffalo Department of Public Works; Executive Director Brendan Mehaffy, City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning; Bill Hollister, Senior Manager of Govt. Affairs NE, Amtrak; Maurice O'Connell, Vice President of State Government and Community Affairs, CSX; Eugene Berardi, Jr., President and CEO of Trailways; Douglas Funke, President of Citizens for Regional Transit; Luis Rodriguez, Jr., Rodriguez Construction Group; and Dr. Constance Moss, Retired Asst. Supt. Buffalo Public Schools.

Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the committee will work closely with Dean Shibley to prepare and issue a recommendation for a technical study of the viable options after a thorough analysis of all of the public proposals. By the end of the six-month process, including extensive community engagement and public discussion, a decision on the site for the modern train station will be voted on by the stakeholders.
To date, there has been public support for a number of proposed locations for the train station across the City of Buffalo.  As part of the public engagement process, all options will be considered by the Committee.