Buffalo – Exchange Street (Amtrak station)

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Buffalo – Exchange Street
Amtrak station
Buffalo NY Exchange Street Station.jpg
Exchange Street station building
Station statistics
Address 75 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Coordinates 42°52′42″N 78°52′26″W / 42.8783°N 78.8738°W / 42.8783; -78.8738Coordinates: 42°52′42″N 78°52′26″W / 42.8783°N 78.8738°W / 42.8783; -78.8738
Line(s)
Connections
  Metro Rail at Seneca to the north and Erie Canal Harbor to the south
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking Yes; free
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened August 2, 1952
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BFX
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 38,397[1] Increase 6.1%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Terminus
Empire Service
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf

The Buffalo – Exchange Street Station (BFX) is an Amtrak station in Buffalo, New York. It was originally built by the New York Central Railroad.

History[edit]

There have been four New York Central Railroad stations on Exchange Street in Buffalo, the third of which was built in 1880. It was closed on November 13, 1935.

Planning for the current structure began in 1949. New York heavily funded the station as being part of the Skyway construction. The total cost was $7 million. The station opened on August 2, 1952.[2] The station originally served 21 New York Central and Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway trains daily. The double track station had two side platforms connected by an overhead walkway.

Activity at the station quickly declined after World War II. In 1962, the New York Central Railroad ceased passenger operations to Niagara Falls, and the station was closed.[2]

On October 29, 1977, Amtrak reinstated service between Grand Central Terminal in New York and Toronto Union Station.[2] The station was reopened, though the line is now single track and the second platform and walkway are gone.

Service[edit]

The station serves six Amtrak trains daily:

  • Empire Service: two trains in each direction (New York City - Niagara Falls)
  • Maple Leaf: one train in each direction (New York City - Toronto)

The station is approximately two blocks away from the Erie Canal Harbor and Seneca stations on the Buffalo Metro Rail light rail line. It is also close to the First Niagara Center.

There is a daily Coach USA bus service at the station, operating between Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center and Jamestown, New York, via Dunkirk and Fredonia, and serving the communities along the southeast shore of Lake Erie.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Buffalo, NY (BFX)". Great American Stations. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Coach Usa Western New York: Jamestown – Buffalo Line Run

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