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Commissioner: New Schenectady rail station by Nov. 2018

Commissioner: New Schenectady rail station by Nov. 2018

Construction bids will go out this year
Commissioner: New Schenectady rail station by Nov. 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens along with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy during a tour of the city train station on Feb. 8, 2017.
Photographer: Stephen Williams

SCHENECTADY — The long-delayed new Schenectady rail station will go out for construction bids this year and be completed by November 2018, state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll said this morning.

The project will be bid in two phases, Driscoll said following a brief tour of the aging Erie Boulevard station with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The construction steel work will be bid Feb. 24, and is expected to cost about $6 million, he said; while the rest of the construction work will cost be bid this fall, at an estimated cost of $9 million.

"It will be finished by November 2018, perhaps sooner," Driscoll said.

The replacement of the current 1973 has been long-planned, but ran into a delay last winter after the first round of construction bidding drew only one bidder, at a cost of $24 million, or $10 million more than budgeted.

Since then, the project has been redesigned, and Amtrak has agreed to absorb some of the costs not directly associated with the station building, including track work.

Cuomo, who highlighted plans for the Schenectady station in one of his State of the State speeches, had a brief tour of the station, where chipped concrete and missing ceiling tiles have caused some people to term its condition "third-world."

"This is way past its prime, and that's being polite," Cuomo said after the tour.

Cuomo was also in Schenectady for the grand opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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