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 and South Park Avenue adjacent to Canalside.
In October 2017, NFTA’s Board of Commissioners 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 September 2019, NFTA’s Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Mark Cerrone, Inc. for construction of rail systems and site work essential to the development of the planned DL&W Station.
In December 2019, the NFTA’s Board of Commissioners authorized a Pre-Development Agreement with Savarino Companies for time-limited exclusive rights to development 1st and 2nd floor space at the former DL&W train shed. The agreement supports turning the former DL&W train shed into a public, multi-use destination that fosters commerce, social gathering, community, and a sense of place, anchors the new DL&W Station, and catalyzes increased Metro Rail ridership and an enhanced rider experience for persons of all ages and abilities.
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.