New York’s senators want the Rochester train station to be named after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand released statements this weekend urging Amtrak to pay tribute to the longtime Rochester-area Democratic Congresswoman, who died on Friday.
Schumer and Gillibrand say Slaughter spearheaded efforts to secure federal funding for the train station, which opened last year. In a letter to Amtrak’s CEO, the senators say the train station never would have opened without Slaughter’s efforts.
Slaughter represented the Rochester area for over 30 years in Washington.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand’s letter to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson:
Dear Mr. Anderson,
We write to ask that in recognition of U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter’s many achievements and tireless work on behalf of her constituents throughout the greater Rochester region that you name the Rochester Intermodal Station in her honor. The simple fact is the new Rochester station would not now exist without Louise Slaughter’s vision and determination.
Throughout her many decades of service in the U.S. Congress, her steadfast focus was to move Rochester forward and the new train station was no exception. She first spearheaded the drive to secure a $3.5 million federal preliminary engineering grant to help design the new train station and then a $15 million Federal TIGER grant to construct the new station. She then took care to oversee its development to ensure it would be both a fitting new efficient gateway to Rochester that honored the legacy of Rochester’s original Claude Bragdon designed station, while being universally accessible to accommodate all passengers with a new modern ADA compliant concourse and platforms.
Since it’s opening in 2017, this modern efficient station has been a tremendous success providing thousands of riders with a fitting welcome to Rochester – the community that Congresswoman Slaughter loved and fought for every day. For her many constituents who will pass through its doors in the decades to come and for those who may be making their first trip to Rochester, it is only fitting to now dedicate the Rochester Intermodal Station to our colleague Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.