January 28, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $151 Million For High-Speed Rail In New York

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York State is receiving $151 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build new high-speed rail lines across New York. 

“This is great news for New York,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Building high-speed rail here will connect more commuters and businesses, create jobs immediately and help rebuild our economy for the long term. We’ve worked hard for a long time to bring high-speed rail to New York. This round of funding is just the first step in our efforts to secure what New York needs to achieve true high-speed rail connectivity. I will keep fighting to make sure New York gets more high speed rail funding in future rounds.”

These funds are part of the initial $8 billion passed in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Last month, Senator Gillibrand supported an additional $2.5 billion for high-speed rail capital projects.  As the President finalizes his Budget for 2011, it is anticipated that additional funds will be requested.

Senator Gillibrand is working hard to deliver New York another round of federal investments to build our high-speed rail, connect more communities across the state, create jobs and continue driving our economic recovery.

New York State will receive the following federal investments in this first round of funding for high-speed rail:


TOTAL FOR NEW YORK: $151,000,000

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Adirondack - Ballston Spa Capacity Improvements

Final design and construction of 2.27 miles of third mainline track used by Amtrak's state-supported  Adirondack (New York - Montreal) and Ethan Allen Express (New York - Rutland, VT) services, which will improve the reliability and on-time performance of these services.

 $3,000,000

NY

Planning

Empire Corridor Planning

Preparation of a service development plan and environmental studies for high speed rail enhancements throughout the Empire Corridor.

 $1,000,000

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Empire Corridor South - Albany-Schenectady 2nd Track

Installation of a second track, interlocking reconfigurations and grade crossing warning device systems to eliminate an existing bottleneck and improve safety.

         $147,000,000

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Empire Corridor West - Phase 1 3rd Track Mileposts 382-393                   

Preparation of preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for 11 miles of third track, which will allow for passenger rail operating speeds up to 110 mph.

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Empire Corridor South - Grade Crossing Improvements - CSXT Milepost 75 to 143

Improvements to existing warning devices at 12 grade crossings.

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Empire Corridor West - Rochester Station Improvement                  

Construction and repair of the Rochester Station to improve passenger accessibility related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NY

Project - FD/Construction

Empire Corridor West - Buffalo-Depew Station Improvement          

Rehabilitation of the Buffalo-Depew station facilities to a state of good repair and accessibility upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.