Plans for High Speed Rail System Approved in Niagara Falls

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM EDT

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Plans for High Speed Rail System Approved in Niagara Falls

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Plans for a high speed rail system were put into motion for the City of Niagara Falls

Council voted in favor of the $22.7 million construction contract, which was awarded to a Niagara Falls company, for the transportation center which would act as a gateway to Canada for Amtrak's Maple Leaf Line and would serve as the anchor for the Empire Corridor.

The facility will include a state of the art area for customs and immigration as well.

"This is something moving forward that we need to have in place," said Councilman Andrew Touma.

"We get 8 million visitors a year and we need to give them options and we need to give them quality options."

Construction is expected to get underway next month. The project will be completed in three phases, totaling around $40 million.

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