Schenectady (Amtrak station)

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Amtrak station
Schenectady, NY, train station.jpg
View west along platform, 2008
Location 332 Erie Boulevard
Schenectady, NY 12305
Coordinates 42°48′53″N 73°56′34″W / 42.8146°N 73.9428°W / 42.8146; -73.9428Coordinates: 42°48′53″N 73°56′34″W / 42.8146°N 73.9428°W / 42.8146; -73.9428
Owned by CDTA
Line(s) CSXT Hudson Subdivision
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Capital District Transportation Authority
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code SDY
Opened 1979
Passengers (2015) 58,551[1]Decrease 3.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Montreal
toward Rutland
Ethan Allen Express
Empire Service
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route

Schenectady is an Amtrak intercity train station in Schenectady, New York. The station is built under the railroad tracks with an elevator and staircase leading to a railway platform between the two tracks. The station is a popular railfan site.


Schenectady Union Station closed in 1969 due to low ridership and was replaced with Colonie-Schenectady near NY-155 several miles to the east in Colonie.[2] The Colonie-Schenectady station was a small building with a parking lot.

In 1979, a new Schenectady station was built on the site of the former Union Station.[3][4] It was made possible through a partnership among Amtrak, the State of New York and the City of Schenectady. The state funded the rehabilitation of the tracks at $3.9 million, while Amtrak paid two-thirds of the $881,000 cost of the depot with the state covering the rest. The city donated the land.[2][5] Passengers were able to board at the new station in January 1979, though no customer service agents were present until July 29 and the station did not fully open until August 8. The new station decimated ridership at Colonie-Schenectady, which was closed on September 9, 1979.[2]

A replacement structure known as the Schenectady Intermodal Station is planned to be built on the site of the existing station. It will serve both Amtrak and local transit service.[6] The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) received a US $4.2 million grant for the construction of the planned structure in October 2010.[6]

By 2014, funding from federal and state sources for the new station had reached $15 million and the CDTA had largely completed design work for a four story station building, though by 2015 it had been scaled down to two stories.[7][8] Track construction was planned to begin in the spring of 2014, but was delayed until fall, with station construction to go out to bid in 2014 for completion in 2017.[7][8] In August 2015, the Metroplex Development Authority sold Amtrak 2,400 square feet (220 m2) of parking lot that allowed for construction of a temporary station to begin immediately, followed by the demolition of the 1979 building and construction of the replacement station.[8]


The following trains stop at the station more than once per day:


  1. ^ [ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of New York"] Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Goldstein, Stephen (10 August 1979). "Amtrak Station at Colonie will close Sept. 9". Schenectady Gazette – via Google News. 
  3. ^ "Schenectady, NY (SDY)". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "SCHENECTADY NEW YORK (SDY)". TrainWeb. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Empire Service Trains Now Stop At Schenectady (Amtrak NEWS)". Amtrak History & Archives. November 1978. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Schenectady Intermodal Station Project Funded". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Construction of new Schenectady Amtrak station set for 2015". Trains Magazine. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Land sale approved for new Schenectady station". Trains Magazine. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 

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