Train station back on track

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BY MAC BULLOCK

Staff writer

The train station will reopen next week, according to City Hall. A press release from Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo’s office Friday announced that Amtrak passenger service will resume Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 a.m.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience while we put in place the necessary funding required to erect the temporary walkway structure and then the full ceiling repair which will happen later in 2019,” read the mayor’s statement.

Train service to Rome stopped in early July after a small portion of the paster ceiling in the tunnel connecting the station to the platform collapsed. No one was injured, though the tunnel was deemed unsafe by the mayor.

Later that month, Mayor Izzo and state Senator Joseph A. Griffo announced the city would receive $250,000 in state money to repair the tunnel. Despite this, there were delays in securing the funding so that work could begin, and Izzo told the Sentinel in October the city was still “waiting on the paperwork from Albany.”

In November, the mayor’s Board of Estimate and Contract awarded the tunnel repair contract to Syracuse firm M.J. Dakota for $54,900.

“Our thanks again to Senator Joe Griffo for his assistance in identifying state funding to help offest the cost of these repairs,” read the release.

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