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Albany – Big Apple (tiny) progress toward HSR

This has been one of those on-again, off again, kind of deals, but speeding up traffic between Albany and Penn Station has started to move forward. The total project is much more expensive, over $1 billion.

Here is a tiny down-payment while lawmakers consider the economic benefits of better mobility and even the huge construction project.  Our link is to the Press and Sun-Bulletin.

ALBANY – A floundering plan to construct a high-speed rail across New York took a step forward Wednesday as the state Senate pledged $22 million for rail- line improvements between Albany to New York City.

The announcement is part of a multi-billion-dollar plan championed by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno to link upstate to a high-speed rail system that would continue to New York City.

But the idea, first unveiled by Bruno more than two years ago, remains stalled. So Bruno, R-Brunswick, Rensselaer County, announced Wednesday a smaller first step – improve the reliability and speed of rail service between Albany and New York, currently about a 2 1/2-hour trip.

The goal is to lower the train time between Albany and Manhattan to two hours, he said.

The $22 million state grant enacted as part of this year’s state budget will add a fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer Station, improve the Hudson station about 30 miles south of Albany and stabilize a rock wall near the rail lines under the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan where trains now are forced to cut their speed.

The goal, supporters said, is to limit traffic problems on the rail lines so faster moving trains aren’t slowed. The work is set to get underway this year, Bruno said.

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