The two departments will have a number of meetings to discuss the plans, which could see a high-speed train built between New York and the Niagra Falls. These six public meetings will take place from March 4th-14th.
New York is already a popular stop-off during escorted USA tour holidays, but state officials feel that building a 463 mile high-speed train route could further increase tourism and economic development in upstate New York.
Reducing travel time
The high-speed trains would also reduce the travel time from New York to Buffalo - the two biggest cities in the state.
Officials who support the plans believe that the high-speed trains would also make the region more accessible, therefore attracting even more visitors to the area.
One of the major stumbling blocks of the plans is the potential cost of the project. So far, projections range from $1.7-$6.2 billion, with the more expensive plans involving the building of three tracks that would cater for high-speed trains.
If these so-called ‘super trains’ are built then trains west of Schenectady, which currently reach maximum speeds of 79 miles per hour, will be able to travel up to 110 miles per hour.
One of the upcoming public meetings will take place at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum on March 6th, and local residents will be able to find out more details of the plans and put their queries to officials from the Federal Railroad Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation.
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