News & Commentary
Adirondack Rail-Trail Construction Begins
November 4, 2020 NYSDOT finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail at the start of November. Both the rail-trail and planned railroad upgrades are part of the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan, which aims to bolster tourism and outdoor recreation along the 119-mile travel corridor.
Alan S. Boyd, former Amtrak president and the first USDOT secretary, dies at the age of 98
October 20, 2020 Mr. Boyd was a champion of passenger rail service, a focus that brought him to Amtrak in 1978. In the 1980s he was also part of an effort to bring the Japanese Shinkansen to California for the LA-San Diego 'Surf Line' corridor.
With COVID-19 pandemic cutbacks, some Amtrak trains now sold out
October 19, 2020 The Albany Times Union reports that Amtrak's move this month to cut train frequencies, and costs, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left accommodations on some long-distance trains sold out.
Content Studio Publishes 2020/2021 Edition of Amtrak’s New York By Rail Magazine
October 16, 2020 The 2020/2021 100-page magazine edition of New York By Rail, an official Amtrak publication for 17 years running, was published in late September by Content Studio @ Martinelli Custom Publishing.
Rail Supporter NYS Senator Joe Bruno Dead at 91, 1929 – 2020
October 8, 2020 Retired NY State Senator Joseph L. Bruno (R - Rensselaer) is dead at the age of 91. The Senator was a good friend of passenger rail – including securing funding for the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station.