This week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald to hold an open house and public hearing in Rochester regarding plans for improving passenger and freight rail service on the Empire Corridor between New York City and Niagara Falls. The High Speed Rail event included an informational open house, followed by a public hearing. The sessions will provide opportunities for the public to comment on the proposals, either privately or during the open hearing forum.
The meeting, one of six being held this month across the state, will focus on the High Speed Rail Empire Corridor Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which has been approved by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Updates about ongoing passenger rail projects also were provided. Project managers and technical experts were available to answer questions throughout each session. The meetings are sponsored by NYSDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration, which are conducting the environmental review.The DEIS examines the feasibility of higher speed passenger rail service alternatives along the 463-mile Empire Corridor, looking at how five potential alternatives would impact mobility, the environment and economic growth across New York State.
Also at the public hearing, the broad design and features of Rochester’s new train station were unveiled. With funds secured by Congresswoman Slaughter and supported by Senator Joe Robach, the new train station will be ADA compliant and along with allowing for easier access for individuals traveling to and from the city. Congresswoman Slaughter stated her pleasure and pride that Rochester Senator Joe Robach was named Chairman of the NYS Senate Transportation Committee and eagerly looks forward to working with him.