It can be the first look at Rochester for travelers new to the area.
“It’s a terrible impression of the Flower City,” said Ethan Pierce, Rochester.
Pierce rides the train during the school year at least once a week from Troy to visit family and friends.
“In comparison to the Albany station, I‘d really like [it] to be more warm and friendly when you walk in. The Albany station is more extravagant,” said Pierce.
With that said, Pierce says he’d welcome the idea of an Intermodal Transportation Center to replace Rochester’s Amtrak Station.
“I think that would be fantastic,” said Pierce.
The State’s Department of Transportation recently announced plans for a $3.5 million engineering and environmental analysis to pave the way for replacing the outdated station. City leaders welcome the plan.
“I think there’s a need for better access to Rochester, and if that happens through a train station, intermodal station that would be terrific,” said Elaine Spaull, Rochester City Council vice-president.
In a statement, U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said the Rochester Amtrak Station is inadequate for future high speed rail plans. She said it was only built as a temporary station in the 1970s.
“It needs to be bigger and have more trains, so people can go in and out as they please,” said Nathaniel Hines, Rochester.
“It’s been around since the early 70s and it needs desperate improvement,” said Michelle Joy, Batavia.
The project would also accommodate other modes of transportation, including Greyhound and Trailways Bus services, city buses, and taxis. After a preliminary study, the project will be ready to apply for design and construction funds.
“Well, there’s been a lot of interest in the intermodal approach to things downtown and anything that can help get this going, leveraging that initiative can be awesome,” said Spaull.
For now, passengers say they’re on board with the idea.
“Money needs to be spent here,” said Joy.
New York State Department of Transportation