Thanks for the update. I wasn't able to make it this year.
New service: Canada Toronto GO will be expanded to just outside of Buffalo. (Just across the border.)
New station Buffalo, NY is in finding mode. Long meeting on U-Tube. If you have trouble falling asleep. Very early in the process.
Completion of the Empire Corridor Tier One Environmental Impact Statement. No action reported. Plan is due in September if not done the State will give the Feds back 4 millions. A report of a meeting in which NYSDOT yelled at CSXT, and CSXT got up and left.
CSX, which has been *notoriously* mismanaged for *decades*, just had a mostly-hostile management takeover.
Even in Virginia, which has thrown wads of money at CSX, they've been uncooperative; NS has behaved way better.
CSX's attitude has been hostile. 50 foot separation! Concrete crash barriers! Utter nonsense. Offensive nonsense, in fact -- sufficiently nonsense that NYSDOT can quite rightly believe that CSX is not negotiating in good faith.
Now that new management is coming, it might be reasonable if NYS went over and said "Hunter, the CSX guys under the previous management have been really uncooperative with us. Can we have a fresh start here? We want to keep and expand your freight capacity, get the passenger trains on their own tracks, and we want to pay for it, but we can't have this nonsense about 50-foot separations and concrete barriers."
Ramp up talk of the idea of rail service from Bingham NY via Scranton to NYP. One thinks Buffalo to Bingham to Albany would be good. But the talk is Bingham to Scranton then onto New York City. Very early chatter.
I certainly hope we can make progress on Scranton-NY, and then on Binghamton-Scranton. NS really is cooperative most of the time.
If we extended past Binghamton, we'd want to extend along a line with actual population centers. The route from Binghamton to Albany is worthless and so is the route to Buffalo. The route west to Owego, Corning, Elmira is OK. The route straight north from Binghamton to Syracuse stops at Cortland (30 minutes from Ithaca) on the way, and Schumer has entertained the idea in the past. That is the *correct* route beyond Binghamton, as Binghamton-Cortland/Ithaca-Syracuse traffic is already substantial.
What I'd give to catch a train at Cortland and go all the way to NYC, or go north and change trains at Syracuse to go west.
The big holdup, of course, is in New Jersey. The counties already own the line from Scranton to the Delaware Water Gap, and PA state law was actually changed to make it easier to fund the NYC-Scranton line, but the part in New Jersey still has to be rebuilt.
The big news there is that Andover has finally gotten annoyed and started using eminent domain to get the Andover extension done. But after that, they still have to build the section from Andover to the Delaware Water Gap, and it seems likely to attract just as much crazy red tape and obstructionism as the section to Andover attracted.
Edited by neroden, 11 March 2017 - 07:40 PM.