Add Assembly Member Erik Bohen to Congressman Brian Higgins and Assembly Member Sean Ryan to the list of local officials who support The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's proposal for a new transit plaza and intermodal hub instead of merely rebuilding Amtrak's existing Exchange Street (BFX) station under a Thruway viaduct. In calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to re-evaluate the BFX plan and consider the Campaign's proposal for a train station on Washington Street (or "BFW"), south of the Thruway, Bohen said, “After visiting the site and studying both plans from New York State and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, it is clear to me that the Washington Street plan presents a grander and more strategic vision for Buffalo’s new train station.”
Bohen, whose 142nd district includes South Buffalo, West Seneca, and parts of Lackawanna, Orchard Park, and Buffalo's Old First Ward, has many constituents who would benefit from public transit links going to and from an The Campaign's proposed hub, which it is part of its "Nexus" plan for the entire downtown waterfront area, unveiled in December 2016. Bohen is up for re-election this fall. Governor Cuomo, up for re-election himself, will be the ultimate decider about exactly where a Buffalo station would be, its scope, and cost. Cuomo has budgeted $25,000,000 for the DOT's BFX replacement, while the Cuomo Admistration spent $43,000,000 on a new station in Niagara Falls, and $44,000,000 on one in Rochester. It is also budgeting $1.6 billion for an improved Penn Station in Manhattan, with construction underway.