News & Commentary

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.

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.

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.

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.