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New York receives federal rail grants

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee on Thursday said New York was one of the first states awarded funds from a total of $151 million in grants for high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the Federal Railroad Administration.

NYSDOT, in cooperation with FRA, will prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for the 463-mile Empire Corridor, which will study and document proposed improvements to the state’s intercity passenger rail services.

The $1 million award is about 20 percent of the $4.5 million estimated cost for completion of the EIS, which includes market and operational analyses. The objective is to examine the level of intercity passenger rail service to be provided in the corridor, including variations in train frequency and trip time.