A series of public meetings to discuss plans for high-speed rail in New York begins Tuesday in Buffalo, with the last stop in the six-city tour at Monroe Community College on Nov. 10.
The meetings are the initial scoping events called for as part of a detailed environmental review for the project, officials said.
The project is examining how to introduce passenger train speeds of 110 miles per hour between Schenectady and Niagara Falls, and adding to the areas between Schenectady and New York City where passenger trains can travel at least 110 miles per hour. officials said. The project also seeks to improve reliability and travel times, and increase the number of trains.
Events are scheduled for Buffalo on Tuesday, Syracuse on Wednesday, Albany on Oct. 26, New York City on Oct. 27, Utica on Nov. 8 and at MCC. All meetings are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The state Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are coordinating the events.
“Expanding high-speed inter-city passenger rail service will give New Yorkers and others who visit our great state additional travel options, increase mobility, create jobs along the corridor, enhance tourism and spur economic growth,” NYSDOT acting commissioner Stanley Gee said in a statement.
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