News & Commentary

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of Moynihan Train Hall in New York City

December 31, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of Moynihan Train Hall, a 255,000-square-foot train hall designed for the 21st century in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, expanding Penn Station west into the James A. Farley Post Office Building.

Metro-North & LIRR Mark Completion of PTC Implementation

December 29, 2020 Positive Train Control milestone was reached eight days ahead of a federally mandated deadline to have the safety overlay system functioning on all required lines and locomotives.

Readers sound off on bridge and tunnel plans: Let’s rethink our infrastructure

December 21, 2020 George Haikalis -- President of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility and ESPA Manhattan Coordinator -- had a letter-to-the-editor printed in the New York Daily News on the nominated U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and building new rail tunnels in New York City.

MTA vote could open way for new trains upstate

December 17, 2020 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve a contract for at least 19 new locomotives from Siemens, opening the way for the New York State Department of Transportation to exercise their options to purchase new locomotives to replace Amtrak dual-modes operating beyond its expected life span.

MTA selects Siemens to build new Dual Mode locomotives

December 14, 2020 This week, Metro-North is seeking MTA Board approval to award a $335 million contract to Siemens Mobility for the design and manufacture of 27 new dual mode locomotives, the first in a new line of engines on a contract that includes options for up to 144 additional locomotives.

Amtrak: Clock is ticking for 110-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels

November 20, 2020 Work can't wait for planned Gateway Project replacement, according to not-yet-finished document reviewed by Associated Press

"Hey, what about Albany?" By the Times Union Editorial Board

November 13, 2020 A passenger rail expansion plan in Massachusetts stops short of the state line. Bringing it to the Capital Region could benefit both the Bay and Empire states.

New Buffalo Exchange Street Station Opens in Downtown Buffalo

November 12, 2020 Build on the historic site of the previous Exchange Street stations, the new station was constructed on time and on budget, being twice the size of the city's previous rail station.

Adirondack Rail-Trail Construction Begins

November 4, 2020 NYSDOT finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail at the start of November. Both the rail-trail and planned railroad upgrades are part of the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan, which aims to bolster tourism and outdoor recreation along the 119-mile travel corridor.

Alan S. Boyd, former Amtrak president and the first USDOT secretary, dies at the age of 98

October 20, 2020 Mr. Boyd was a champion of passenger rail service, a focus that brought him to Amtrak in 1978. In the 1980s he was also part of an effort to bring the Japanese Shinkansen to California for the LA-San Diego 'Surf Line' corridor.