ROME- For four months, the train station in Rome has been closed, forcing passengers to commute to Utica for service.
“Well we had a catastrophic collapse of the ceiling from the tunnel that leads from the passenger tunnel to to the platform on July 4. We have just secured funding from senator Griffo’s office of $250,000 from the state to help us repair it. We have just accepted bids for the temporary repair," said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo
The city has an idea for a temporary fix. A walkway that would connect the Station to the platform. This would allow service to reopen at the station. The city predicts the temporary walkway will cost around $60,000. But that isn’t the only thing in need of repairs.
There was accidental damage to the platform that was caused by CSX that still hasn’t been repaired. That is expected to cost around $135,000.
Luckily, the city received grant money from the state totaling in at around half a million dollars. The money will go towards repairing the damage to the building as well as a few other improvements.
The station won’t be ready for Thanksgiving travelers, but the city expects it to be done in time for Christmas.
“Our target is to have the temporary walkway constructed, so that passengers to move from the passagenger tunnel area to the tunnel area is hopefully Christmas so that we can have trains stopping there by Christmas time," she said.
There is no word yet on how much the city expects all of the renovations to cost.