Local politicians backing DL&W expansion project

Posted at 10:31 AM, Oct 20, 2017

Both Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins are backing the TIGER grant that will fund the completion of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Station project. 

The application for the $16.3 million grant was submitted last week by the NFTA. 

New York State has committed $26 million to support design and begin construction of the more than $40 million project, officials say. 

The additional $16.3 million will aid construction.

A plan is set to extend Metro Rail from the Canalside station to the DL&W, as well as create a new platform on the first floor to accommodate the rail cars and passengers. 

Stairs and elevator access to the second floor is apart of the plan, opening up 80,000 square feet of space for private sector investment, according to the press release. 

Currently, the NFTA uses the DL&W Terminal for a maintenance service for Metro Rail on the ground floor and some office space on the second floor. 

"The DL&W Terminal will build on the success Buffalo's waterfront is experiencing," said Schumer. 

Schumer and Higgins believe this project will fill a hole, transportation-wise in the center of activity in Downtown Buffalo.