Posted 26 January 2018 - 11:33 AM
(1) The Maple Leaf is sandbagged by the border crossing time. You could arguably add a stop to one of the other two Empire Service trains (or the LSL).
-Putnam County is served by Metro-North. There might be a case to add an Amtrak stop opposite Newburgh (though that would still be in the neighboring county), but I'm not sure whether even that is necessary given the MNRR coverage.
-Herkimer County is pretty thin, and it's between Utica and Amsterdam. You have three stations "in the neighborhood".
-Madison County is between Utica and Syracuse. I think Syracuse provides sufficient coverage.
-Cayuga and Wayne Counties are between Syracuse and Rochester. Again, the distance isn't that massive.
-Genesee County is between Rochester and Buffalo...but the Depew station is on that side of Buffalo.
-Chautauqua County is between Buffalo and Erie. On the one hand, I think there might be a case to add Dunkirk, NY. On the other hand? The LSL is the only station calling there and the hours would be atrocious, so I don't think there's much gain to be had here. If there were 2-3 daytime trains on this route I'd say it would be a good candidate for an add.
In general, those areas have a bunch of really small towns (<15000 folks) and are served by nearby city stations. Putnam is covered by MNRR.
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