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Comment period extended for New York state's high-speed rail plans

Comment period extended for New York state's high-speed rail plans

The period for public comment on plans for high-speed rail service on the Empire Corridor has been e

The period for public comment on plans for high-speed rail service on the Empire Corridor has been extended until April 30, state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced Friday.

The plan to improve passenger and rail service between New York City and Niagara Falls is currently going through a mandated federal environmental review. The comment period otherwise would have expired today.

Attendees at a well-attended hearing March 4 in Albany generally supported the concept, which could require $5.5 billion or more for construction of new track between Rensselaer and Niagara Falls. DOT officials said more than 500 people attended the six hearings held across the state.

The public comment period was extended in response to community requests. More than 250 written comments have already been submitted.

Information about the project is available on the DOT website. Comments may be submitted on the project website or emailed to empirecorridor@dot.ny.gov with the subject line “Draft EIS.” Comments also may be mailed to David Chan, project manager, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232.

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