Schenectady’s new $23 million Amtrak station opened Wednesday, two weeks ahead of schedule, as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul touted the building as the latest improvement to the Empire Corridor, the busy passenger rail line running from Manhattan to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
“This telegraphs to the world that we’re prepared for the future,” Hochul told a crowd gathered for Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting. Trains would begin using the station later in the day.
The project overcame some hurdles, including an early request for bids that brought just one, from Jersen Construction of Waterford, that came in $10 million over the $12 million to $15 million initial estimated cost of the project.
The state Department of Transportation then broke the project into two phases.
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Anderson, Eric. “Schenectady Amtrak Station Opens Ahead of Schedule.” Times Union, Times Union, 17 Oct. 2018, www.timesunion.com/business/article/Schenectady-Amtrak-station-to-open-early-13313938.php#photo-16153322.