U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $727,000 for New York High-Speed Rail

NEW YORK — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $727,000 for the State of New York to continue work on its high-speed rail program with the rehabilitation of the Buffalo-Depew railroad station.

The Department of Transportation has provided New York $1.7 million of the $151 million awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for high-speed rail.

“President Obama’s bold vision for high-speed rail is a game-changer for transportation in New York and the United States,” LaHood said. “This undertaking is not only creating good jobs and reinvigorating our manufacturing base, it’s also going to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

The money will provide Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility upgrades, reconstruction of the ticket counter, installation of a passenger Information Display System, and platform repairs. The FRA is actively working with the New York State Department of Transportation on additional grant agreements to further develop the Empire Corridor.

“Improving the railroad infrastructure, including stations, is a vital part of overall high-speed passenger rail program,” said FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo. “The customer experience of train travel will be made better with station improvements, and becoming ADA compliant is not only the right thing to do, it’s the law.”

FRA has released more than $136 million of the $8 billion down payment provided in the Recovery Act for the development of a national network of interconnected high-speed rail corridors.