News & Commentary

MTA vote could open way for new trains upstate

December 17, 2020 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve a contract for at least 19 new locomotives from Siemens, opening the way for the New York State Department of Transportation to exercise their options to purchase new locomotives to replace Amtrak dual-modes operating beyond its expected life span.

MTA selects Siemens to build new Dual Mode locomotives

December 14, 2020 This week, Metro-North is seeking MTA Board approval to award a $335 million contract to Siemens Mobility for the design and manufacture of 27 new dual mode locomotives, the first in a new line of engines on a contract that includes options for up to 144 additional locomotives.

Amtrak: Clock is ticking for 110-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels

November 20, 2020 Work can't wait for planned Gateway Project replacement, according to not-yet-finished document reviewed by Associated Press

"Hey, what about Albany?" By the Times Union Editorial Board

November 13, 2020 A passenger rail expansion plan in Massachusetts stops short of the state line. Bringing it to the Capital Region could benefit both the Bay and Empire states.

New Buffalo Exchange Street Station Opens in Downtown Buffalo

November 12, 2020 Build on the historic site of the previous Exchange Street stations, the new station was constructed on time and on budget, being twice the size of the city's previous rail station.