U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sens. Betty Little of Warren County and Brad Hoylman of Manhattan are asking Amtrak to permit roll-on bikes, as it would bring visitors and tourism dollars into New York state.
The legislators held a press event today at Amtrak’s Albany-Rensselaer rail station to discuss their plan.
The lawmakers want Amtrak to add baggage cars that could carry bicycles on the Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station in Manhattan to the Albany area, Saratoga and destinations in New York’s North Country and Vermont.
Amtrak has a bike program on its Boston-to-Maine and New York-to-North Carolina trains, but has yet to permit roll on service between New York, Montreal, and Buffalo. Adding roll-on service could encourage a significant uptick in upstate tourism from bicyclists, one of the nation’s fastest growing recreational demographics.
PTNY has long advocated that Amtrak permit roll-on service.