News & Commentary

Schenectady Rail Service Press Conference

June 7, 2021 ESPA seeks restoration of Amtrak’s Empire Corridor Trains to Schenectady, Syracuse and Western New York. Supports Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Interest in a Third Daily Roundtrip to Schenectady and Saratoga in 2022.

Rail Supporters Want State to Push Ahead on Improvement Plans

June 1, 2021 Some worry that the Empire State may be at a disadvantage in infrastructure funding since, federal documents suggest the state is lagging in its planning and wish list for federally funded rail improvements.

Buffalo News Calls For Completion of Empire Corridor EIS

June 1, 2021 'As Biden focuses on improving rail service, State DOT must finish delayed study...'

Amtrak Releases 15-Year Vision for New Corridors

May 27, 2021 Amtrak has released a report detailing its 15-year vision to improve 25 existing routes, add 39 new routes. The railroad calls on Congress for $75B in support for its vision.

CSX Takes Controlled Sidings Out-of-Service Along the Empire Corridor

May 27, 2021 ESPA is highly concerned to have learned that CSX has recently removed from service the majority of the ‘controlled’ (i.e. signaled) sidings located between Hoffmans and Buffalo.