This project will reuse and reactivate the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) Train Shed in the Cobblestone/Canalside Districts of the City which now serves as the NFTA-Metro Rail yard and shop facility. The former train shed will be a new commercial activity center on the Buffalo River waterfront and a new Metro Rail station enhancing public access to some of the region’s most popular attractions in the Canalside and Cobblestone Districts, which have transformed from blighted landscapes into premier waterfront destinations over the past decade. As part of the project, the current Special Events Station would be decommissioned, and multi-modal traffic will be enhanced along a portion of Main Street adjacent to Canalside.
In October 2017, NFTA’s Board of Directors approved a contract with Mott MacDonald NY, Inc. to provide design services for a track, trackwork, a new Metro Rail station and direct access to waterfront and the 2nd floor of the former train shed. Design is nearly complete.
In December 2018, NFTA issued a Request for Proposals seeking a designated developer for reuse of the indoor and outdoor portions of the former train shed’s and a portion of the 1st floor. More information on RFP 4844 can be found at http://bids.nfta.com. Proposals are due in March 2019.
Reactivating the 2nd floor of the former DL&W train shed, which sits mostly vacant amidst a swell of new development and waterfront activity, would build on the momentum in Buffalo while making destinations like Canalside, KeyBank Center and HarborCenter more easily accessible to the broader public. The reactivated Terminal will continue redevelopment in the Canalside, Cobblestone and Old First Ward districts. A $20 million Buffalo Billion investment will help redevelop the building and surroundings.