Niagara Falls, New York (Amtrak station)
The Niagara Falls station in December 2014. An Empire Service train is waiting near the depot.
|Location||2701 Willard Avenue
Niagara Falls, New York
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Station code||Amtrak code:NFL|
|Passengers (2013)||32,549 0.2%|
Niagara Falls, NY station is an Amtrak station and western terminus of the Empire Corridor. It is located at Willard Avenue and 27th Street, south off Lockport Road on the northwest side of the CSX switching yard, in Niagara Falls, New York. There is an enclosed waiting area and ticket-selling location, but there is no platform, so trains are boarded in the open air.
Amtrak, in partnership with the State of New York, restored passenger rail service to Niagara Falls in October 1978. More than 500 people turned out on October 29th for the inaugural ceremonies, which included speeches by Congressman John LaFalce; William C. Hennessy, commissioner, New York Department of Transportation; and Niagara Falls Mayor Michael O'Loughlin. As the ceremony concluded, the eastbound Niagara Rainbow arrived. 
The station was originally built as a freight depot in 1959 by the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which provided an earlier iteration of a New York-Toronto Maple Leaf passenger train over an interior route via Geneva, New York and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The station is served by six trains daily:
- Empire Service (Amtrak), two eastbounds to Pennsylvania Station (New York City) and two westbound terminations.
- Maple Leaf (Amtrak/VIA), one eastbound to Pennsylvania Station (New York City) and one westbound to Union Station (Toronto).
Notable places nearby
State and local governments plan on building a new multi-million dollar intermodal transportation center out of the U.S. Customhouse to replace the current station. This work is to be part of a three phase project titled the Niagara Falls International Railway Station. It calls for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to share with Amtrak a complex consisting of the old customhouse and modern additions.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Service inaugural at Niagara Falls, N.Y. (1978)". Amtrak History & Archives. 29 October 1978. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- Surviving New York Railroad Stations (AmericanRails.com)
- Existing Railroad Stations in Niagara County, New York
- "City receives final federal funding for new train station and transportation hub". Niagara Gazette. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "Niagara Falls gets $16.5M grant for Amtrak station". WCAX.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "USDOT doles out TIGER II grants for 75 transportation projects". Progressive Railroading. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
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