Unless you like to watch a never-ending parade of freight trains, there is nothing to do or walk to near that station.A couple of years ago I had a hockey meeting in Buffalo, went to BFX on the way up, continued after the meeting a couple of days later on the LSL for a trip to Chicago and then on to the USA Hockey National Meeting in Colorado. The NY District Registrar lives in Depew, he dropped me off on the way home, and I sat in Depew for many boring hours.
BUF (Depew) was the one I was referring to. There's not much but industrial and railway infrastructure in the area. I'm looking forward to seeing the new station when the border re-opens, but as your excellent map shows, it is right downtown near the ballpark (which was home to the Toronto Blue Jays this past season). This is a very resurgent area with nice hotels and restaurants nearby. That line, that turns north and runs parallel to I-190, serves only a few local freights and Amtrak.Which one? BFX or BUF?
agree on all pointsI’ve used the Depew station many times on business. As a station, I would describe it as kind of grim but functional.
The proximity to the airport, car rental and a variety of hotels is a huge positive, however.
In my opinion, having both a downtown and an airport station is a huge advantage for a city.
You're referring to the "Larkinville" location. It was considered by the City before they voted to rebuild BFX.Not familiar with it he local geography, but from that map, it appears that they could have located a new “central” station, still on the thru LSL route, but a lot closer to downtown then both Depew, and the abandoned Central Terminal.
And the map seems to show an even closer thru route (also in red), that would be even closer (at the wye),.close enough that they might not have needed the BFX station...
Yes...too bad they couldn't push that through. That 'Larkinville' locale seems to have adequate space to erect a station and parking garage.You're referring to the "Larkinville" location. It was considered by the City before they voted to rebuild BFX.
In the long run, advocates have been hoping for an extension of the Buffalo Metrorail through Larkinville, through Buffalo Central Terminal, through a place called the Walden Galleria, to the airport. The thing about this is that NFTA (the local transit agency) *owns practically the entire right of way already*. Mass transit from downtown to the airport would make a ton of sense. But various things have meant that this project keeps getting put off indefinitely.
As I seem to recall CSX had a major cow with that location. An even bigger one than the BCT location.You're referring to the "Larkinville" location. It was considered by the City before they voted to rebuild BFX.
cleaning up the delays around (and leading to) Syracuse might be the next big NY push....It's been talked about too longAs I seem to recall CSX had a major cow with that location. An even bigger one than the BCT location.
Seriously, NY State needs to use some additional leverage with CSX to get some more cooperation out of them.
Actually the Galleria is due west on Walden Avenue, whereas the airport is pretty much a straight shot to the north up Dick Rd. Both are about the same distance from Amtrak Depew station - 5-10 minutes drive depending on conditions.Buffalo was more interested in keeping the station in an area that is already seeing increased economic activity, rather than putting it somewhere hoping that would happen. For reference, Walden Galleria is a major shopping mall in the area between the Depew station and the airport.