Rome Train Station deserves prompt repair

Published Jul 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

Like the city itself, the Rome Train Station is steeped in history.

From dignitaries passing through the region to soldiers heading off to basic training and ultimately to conflict; families heading to the bright lights of New York City to business leaders venturing east or west, the Rome Train Station has greeted them, and many, many more.

When the station fell on hard times and into various states of disrepair in the 1980s, the city and the community worked together to raise funds and awareness of rail travel’s still significant impact. Former Daily Sentinel reporter Patti Hendrickson was among the most ardent advocates for the station, and with others from the community, was instrumental in the multimillion dollar renovation of the station under former Rome Mayor Joseph A. Griffo in the 1990s.

The restored station was a glistening example of what can happen when people work together for the community’s common good.

While rail travel may not carry the massive numbers of residents it used to, it is still an integral part of any community’s multimodel transportation plan.

According to preliminary reports, the damage from Wednesday’s falling ceiling is primarily cosmetic and that the facility is structurally sound. We hope that repairs to this key community asset — and its striking and beautiful interior — will be swift.

The community deserves to know with confidence that this historic structure is well maintained and that it will continue to greet visitors, and welcome home our friends and neighbors for many years to come.