News & Commentary

Charlie Poltenson Retires from NYSDOT's Passenger Rail Bureau

May 24, 2021 ESPA extends its sincere thanks and best wishes to Charlie Poltenson on his retirement from NYSDOT's Passenger Rail Bureau.

Unfinished study could threaten funding for upstate passenger rail upgrades

May 24, 2021 Without the study, passenger train advocates fear New York State won't be able to take full advantage of the geyser of rail dollars expected later this year.

Governor Cuomo Announces Resumption of Metro-North Penn Station Access Project

May 14, 2021 Project moves forward after pause from COVID-19 and MTA 2020 funding uncertainty, the reopened process will select a firm to design and build four new Metro-North Railroad stations and make track upgrades in the Bronx.

Biden marks Amtrak's 50th anniversary in Philadelphia

May 2, 2021 "It’s an honor to celebrate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary. I look forward to a bright future for all American rail" – President Joe Biden

Saratoga Rail Service Press Conference – Friday April 30th 2021

May 1, 2021 Saratoga County Chamber and the Empire State Passenger Association look to NYSDOT and Amtrak to restart Ethan Allen line service and expand future Amtrak service to Saratoga Springs.