Category Archives: High Speed Rail

Senator Gillibrand renews call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks on new baggage cars

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo. The inclusion of bicycle racks would provide ease of … Continue reading

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Schumer and Little among lawmakers asking Amtrak to permit roll-on bikes

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 … Continue reading

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How did Fiscal Cliff and Hurricane Sandy legislation affect transit, biking and walking?

Last week’s measures to avoid the Fiscal Cliff led to some drastic compromises in the tax code and budgets for government agencies. Here’s how the fiscal cliff legislation affected programs and policies that promote and support transit, cycling and walking: … Continue reading

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Down but not out–What the new transportation bill means for biking and walking

Friday, the House and Senate finally passed a new two-year federal surface transportation bill that will have a profoundly negative effect on funding for trails, bicycling and walking. It’s a shocking setback for active transportation, but we could have lost everything … Continue reading

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Energy, Rail, & Broadband from NYC to Montreal. Trails, too?

Read more about the Regional Plan Association’s concept to align infrastructure (both  physical and digital superhighways). The NY outdoors blog asks, why not trails, too?

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Closing the Gaps in Erie Canalway Trail

Campaign  generates widespread support Although no new Erie Canalway Trail was opened in 2011, there is dramatically renewed interest in completing the cross-state trail among citizens, community leaders, and elected officials at all levels of government, according to the second … Continue reading

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BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PROGRAMS UNDER ATTACK! Several are on the cutting room floor of a new Senate Bill

The following is directly from The Newsletter of National Association of Recreation Resource Planners: The full Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously approved its bipartisan two-year highway reauthorization bill (S. 1813) today by an 18-0 vote. The bill, … Continue reading

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Advocacy effort underway for Albany-Rensselaer trail link

As part of the development of New York’s High Speed Rail Network, The State Department of Transportation is in the process of designing a rehabilitated or rebuilt Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge between Albany and Rensselaer. A coalition has been established … Continue reading

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Date set for Rochester Transportation and Infrastructure Listening Session

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Congressman John L. Mica (R-FL) is hosting listening sessions and other meetings around the country to inform the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s drafting of a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The Committee is … Continue reading

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High speed rail – an opportunity for the Canalway Trail?

PTNY attended the initial scoping meetings as part of the detailed environmental review for the High Speed Rail Empire Corridor Project (HSR Project) to recommend to the New York State Department of Transportation that when negotiating with CSX as part … Continue reading

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