NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — At first city officials said the new 43 million dollar intermodal station would be open by June, then that got pushed up to July, then August. It’s now late September and it still hasn’t opened, and some residents are growing impatient.
“I think we’re probably going to be waiting pretty much another two months at least,” said Corey Powell, who works in Niagara Falls.
Road closed signs are in front of the new Niagara Falls International Railway station that was slated to open sometime this summer.
“I believe that they’re just wasting tax payers money making all these construction buildings and they’re not even being opened on time,” said Kacey Ayala of Niagara Falls.
Mayor Paul Dyster says part of the reason it hasn’t opened yet is because construction is still underway.
“Work is still going on inside the facility, we’re simultaneously trying to complete the lease negotiation with Amtrak and frankly that’s been frustrating,” said Mayor Dyster.
Those negotiations have been going on for months. In a statement Amtrak says it continues to work with the city toward a lease agreement to occupy space in the new train station, and they are working through remaining issues that they are optimistic can be resolved. Mayor Dyster says the city is having difficulty getting Amtrak to reply in a timely fashion as they exchange drafts back and forth.
“To my knowledge the details that are being negotiated now have to do with the situations where in the future there could be regulatory changes that would require changes in the building. The question of who would be responsible for what types of future costs was one of the things that was being discussed,” said Mayor Dyster.
Mayor Dyster says even if the lease was completed today, the city is not ready to switch operations over to the train station yet because they’re still installing various electronic equipment.
Mayor Dyster says the train station should be up and running within 4 to 6 weeks. He said the city plans to have a formal ribbon cutting when it’s officially open.