NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A project decades in the making is finally coming full circle in Niagara Falls.
The new Amtrak train station is getting closer to opening its doors and it’s much more than just a place to catch a train.
It’s one of three Amtrak train stations in the country with international travel to Canada. With a border patrol office inside the facility, officials do not anticipate any delays.
The intermodal station has retail space, an underground railroad museum and a Harriet Tubman plaza outside with an amphitheater.
“We see this as a hub for activity in the future. This will grow in importance and a place where the community can be proud of. It is a train station and will be one of the best stations in the empire corridor,” said Thomas DeSantis, acting director of planning and economic development in the City of Niagara Falls.
City officials and Amtrak told News 4, it’s a big improvement to the current train station on Lockport Road.
“The current station in Niagara Falls is essentially an old freight house, essentially a maintenance facility with a little tiny waiting room. This is a full featured train station, what a city should be, what a city should offer for a train station,” said Bill Hollister, Amtrak senior manager of public affairs.
Thousands of people got a sneak peak of the $43 million facility Saturday. Guests could even tour the Amtrak exhibit train which is a traveling exhibit showing the past, present and future of Amtrak and high-speed rails.
Riders can’t take a train at the new station just yet, as Amtrak and city officials continue to work out an agreement.
Officials expect it to open in about a month.