News & Commentary

Governor Hochul Marks East Side Access Milestone with LIRR Test Ride to Grand Central

October 31, 2021 Governor Kathy Hochul today joined the MTA on a special LIRR test train to Grand Central Terminal and gave the public one of the first-ever looks at the new GCT East Side Access passenger terminal.

New York and Vermont Passenger Rail Advocates Call For Swift Return of Amtrak International Service

October 28, 2021 New York’s Empire State Passengers Association and the Vermont Rail Action Network today jointly called for the swift restoration of Amtrak’s Adirondack train to Montreal along with Amtrak’s Maple Leaf train to Toronto with the November 8th reopening of the U.S.—Canadian border for vaccinated travelers.

ESPA Testifies Before NYS Assembly Transportation Committee

September 23, 2021 ESPA was honored to provide testimony at the public hearing on Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation held by the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation on September 22, 2021.

Lakeshore Rail Alliance Launched in Erie

July 29, 2021 ESPA is very pleased to be a founding organizational member of the new Lakeshore Rail Alliance.

Amtrak Signs $7.3 billion Deal for 83 Multi-Powered Trains for its Northeastern Services

July 7, 2021 Amtrak is contracting with California-based Siemens Mobility manufacture a new fleet of up to 83 multi-powered modern trains that will be leveraged for state and northeast services.