New York leaders call on Amtrak to rename Rochester train station after Louise Slaughter
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - New York Senators are making a call to Amtrak to rename the Rochester train station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have called on Amtrak to rename the Rochester Intermodal Station to the "Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester."
Schumer and Gillibrand said renaming the train station, "is fitting for such an individual who busted through every bureaucratic hurdle and was solely responsible for securing the necessary federal funding for a train station that will strengthen Rochester’s economy and help residents travel more safely and reliably throughout the region."
The Senators’ letter to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson appears below:
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.
Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a letter to Amtrak to support the train station's name to honor Slaughter:
Dear Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson,
The New York community continues to mourn the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She was a larger than life presence who made all New Yorkers proud over her decades of service.
In her honor, I join Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand in calling on Amtrak to rename the new Rochester Intermodal Station after Congresswoman Slaughter.
Congresswoman Slaughter was instrumental in securing federal funding for this project, which is a symbol of New York State's commitment to rebuilding its transportation infrastructure for the 21st century. The beautiful new station, which the Congresswoman and I opened in October, is a gateway to the Finger Lakes - welcoming passengers with a better travel experience, improved rail service and a world-class facility. Thanks to the Congresswoman's tireless dedication to this project, Rochester finally has a train station of the caliber the region deserves.
It is fitting that this shining example of Rochester's revitalization bear the name of a leader who was integral to making it happen - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Beyond the train station, Congresswoman Slaughter was also a trailblazer who fought relentlessly for the people of her district. She has led the way on the major issues of our time, from environmental preservation to women's rights to attracting 21st century jobs in cutting edge industries like photonics.
In recognition of her leadership and in memory of her legacy, I urge Amtrak to rename the Rochester train station in honor of Congresswoman Slaughter.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Former Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy also suggested the train station be named after Louise Slaughter.
These efforts made by New York leaders are the latest to honor Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who passed away March 16 at the age of 88. She served New York's 25th District for 31 years.