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Hearings set for high-speed rail service

Rochester Business Journal
February 3, 2014

Six public hearings on environmental impacts related to improving high-speed rail service in New York have been scheduled, including one in Rochester on March 7, state officials announced Monday.

The Rochester hearing is at the Strong National Museum of Play from 6 to 8 p.m., with a focus on the draft environmental impact statement made public last week. Updates on the high-speed passenger rail project also will be provided, officials with the state Department of Transportation said.

The initiative for the 463-mile Empire Corridor is designed to improve passenger and freight rail service between Niagara Falls and New York City, officials said.

“Extending high-speed passenger rail service to the Empire Corridor west of Albany will be good for all of New York State, bringing with it jobs, tourism, economic development and a cleaner environment,” state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement.

Hearings also are scheduled for Albany on March 4, Syracuse on March 5, Buffalo on March 6, Utica on March 11 and Poughkeepsie on March 12.

The draft environmental impact statement is available at

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