Buffalo–Exchange Street station

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Buffalo–Exchange Street
Buffalo NY Exchange Street Station.jpg
Location 75 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
United States
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
Owned by City of Buffalo
Line(s) Empire Corridor (Buffalo Terminal Subdivision)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
  Metro Rail at Seneca to the north and Erie Canal Harbor to the south

Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Parking 10 long term and 10 short term
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: BFX
Opened August 2, 1952
Passengers (2015) 41,584[1]Increase 0.9%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Service
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf

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

The station serves six Amtrak trains daily. Two trains in each direction on the Empire Service, and one in each direction on the Maple Leaf. 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 also 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.[2]


The Buffalo Exchange Street station platform in January 2017

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.[3] 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.[3]

On October 29, 1977, Amtrak reinstated service between Grand Central Terminal in New York and Toronto Union Station.[3] The station was reopened, though the line is now single track, the overhead walkway has been removed, and the second platform remains unused and abandoned.

In September 2016, the station building was temporarily closed due to a partial collapse during heavy rains. The platforms remain open for passengers.[4]

There are currently proposals to replace the station with either a station at Canalside or at Buffalo Central Terminal as part of that building's restoration.

Station layout[edit]

The station has one low-level side platform on the north side of the tracks.

Platform level
Street level Exit/entrance and station building
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 1 Empire Service toward Niagara Falls, NY (Terminus)
Maple Leaf toward Toronto (Niagara Falls, NY)
Empire Service, Maple Leaf toward New York City (Buffalo–Depew)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Coach Usa Western New York: Jamestown – Buffalo Line Run
  3. ^ a b c "Buffalo, NY (BFX)". Great American Stations. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sommer, Mark (September 20, 2016). "Buffalo's Amtrak station closed as ceiling collapses". Buffalo News. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Buffalo – Exchange Street (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons