Rochester (Amtrak station)

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Rochester Amtrak station.jpg
An eastbound Empire Service pulling into Rochester
Station statistics
Address 320 Central Avenue
Rochester, NY 14605
Coordinates 43°09′49″N 77°36′30″W / 43.1635°N 77.6082°W / 43.1635; -77.6082Coordinates: 43°09′49″N 77°36′30″W / 43.1635°N 77.6082°W / 43.1635; -77.6082
Platforms 1 side platform (formerly also had 3 island platforms)
Tracks 2 (formerly 8)
Parking Yes; free
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 1978
Rebuilt 2016 Expected
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code ROC
Owned by Amtrak
Passengers (2013) 141,576[1] Decrease 2.2%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Service
(Open only during the New York State Fair)
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
(Open only during the New York State Fair)
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route
Niagara Falls – Rochester Terminus
Falls Road
Terminus Rochester – Oswego
toward Oswego
Auburn Road
toward Syracuse

Rochester is a station on the Empire Service Amtrak line, located in Rochester, New York.

All trains currently use the platform adjacent to the station building, meaning both eastbound and westbound trains must switch to the southern track. This can cause conflicts with other passenger and freight trains and lead to delays.

The current station does not have high-level platforms, meaning passengers must climb several steps to board trains.

The station was originally built in 1978[2] and stands on the site of the 1914 New York Central station designed by Claude Fayette Bragdon. Only the passenger, baggage tunnels and platform canopy of the original 1914 building remain.


The City of Rochester, State of New York, and Amtrak have allocated funding to construct a new multimodal transit center on the site by 2016. The project has been allocated $26.5 million for construction, which broke ground on October, 28th 2014.[3] The new station will be designed to look like the original 1914 station and will be updated with raised platforms.[4] The new stations will also allocate parking for Greyhound and Trailways buses which currently stop at a temporary facility across the street and be built with high speed rail in mind. The station is expected to be completed by 2016.


The following trains stop at Rochester multiple times each day, for a total of eight daily departures:

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Immigration Checkpoint[edit]

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents[5] board the trains at Rochester and inquire of the passengers their citizenship and right to be in the US. Those passengers who cannot suitably prove their right to be in the US will be removed from the train and taken into custody. Although the law is that these encounters are "consensual conversations[6]" and that you can tell the agent you do not wish to talk to him or to answer any questions, the more aggressive agents will take this refusal to be "probable cause[7]" for removal from the train and detention, no matter your citizenship and/or immigration status.


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