Posts Tagged ‘New York state’

Amtrak Uses New Bridge in New York

January 11, 2020

Amtrak used a new bridge in New York State’s Letchworth State Park on Jan. 9.

A railfan photographer wrote on that it was the first time that Amtrak has used the new bridge in the park that carries the tracks of the Southern Tier line of Norfolk Southern.

Amtrak has never used the former Erie Railroad route in scheduled service.

John Kucko posted a video showing an Amtrak P42DC locomotive and what appears to be a passenger car crossing the Genesee arch bridge.

He said the locomotive was heading to the Alstom plant in Hornell, New York, where the next generation of Acela Express equipment is being assembled.

He said the locomotive is expected to take the new equipment to a test facility located near Pueblo, Colorado.

An 1875 trestle over the Genesee River in the park was replaced in December 2017.

Kucko said a few times Amtrak engines and cars crossed the old bridge.

Select Trains to Stop for NY State Fair

August 13, 2018

Select Amtrak Empire Service and Maple Leaf Trains will stop at the New York State Fairgrounds between Aug. 22 and Sept. 3.

The fairgrounds are located between Rochester and Syracuse, New York.

Train 64 and 284 will depart Niagara Falls, New York, 10 minutes earlier to accommodate the added stop.


Northern New York Gets Amtrak Thruway Service

August 13, 2018

Amtrak has established a new Thruway bus route in New York State to connect with the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains.

The route, operated in partnership with Trailways of New York, will stop at Amtrak stations in Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Saratoga Springs.

Off line cities to be served by the bus include Cooperstown, Cortland, Ithaca, Glens Falls, Lake George and Oneonta.

“As Northern New York continues to grow as a popular place to visit and live, partnering with Trailways of New York helps Amtrak customers travel where they want to go, even after they step off a train,” said Adam Krom, Director of Transportation Connectivity at Amtrak in a statement.

Gov. Pledges Funds for New Schenectady Depot

January 12, 2017

New Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending $15 million to build a new Amtrak station in Schenectady, New York.

The funding was mentioned in his State of the State speech given this week.

Amtrak 3Amtrak currently uses a depot on Erie Boulevard. Cuomo cited the Schenectady station project while discussing plans to upgrade transportation hubs across the state.

It is not clear how much new state money will be spent on the new station. Some federal and local funding is also expected to go into the project.

The New York Department of Transportation has budgeted $15 million for the station, but that includes some federal funding that may no longer be available.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said the state is expected to kick in some additional money in order to get the project going and the station open by 2018.

“Anybody that’s gone through that station, it’s an embarrassment,” McCarthy said. “It doesn’t reflect the quality of the community we’re building. We’re doing demolitions in the neighborhoods, working on home ownership, getting the casino online, and that train station is just an embarrassment.”

In March 2016, NYDOT sought bids for a new station, but received just one response. That bid was $10 million over budget, so the state scrapped its plans.

Instead, it decided to split the work into two projects, one involving razing the 1970s era that Amtrak built and now uses and another to build a replacement station.

The Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, New York-Toronto Maple Leaf, the New York-Montreal Adirondack, the New York-Rutland (Vermont) Ethan Allen Express and four New York-Niagara Falls Empire Service trains serve Schenectady, which handled 61,000 passengers last year.

Amtrak and the NYDOT are building a second track between Schenectady and Albany-Rensselaer to alleviate rail traffic congestion on the route. That track is expected to be completed this spring.

Taste NY Products Added to Select Amtrak Trains

October 5, 2016

New York state has expanded its Taste NY products campaign to Amtrak.

Amtrak logoBeer and snack foods produced in the Empire State are now available for sale on Empire Service trains, the Maple Leaf, Ethan Allen Express and the Adirondack.

In all the New York products will be available on 13 Amtrak trains.

The available products include KIND snack bars made in Manhattan; Always Bagels from Long Island; Chobani yogurt from the Southern Tier region; Sweet Sam’s coffee cakes from the Bronx; Brooklyn Defender IPA; Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale from Cooperstown; and Nine Pin Cider from Albany.

New York officials said the trains chosen carry an estimated 1 million passengers a year.