Public hearings about improving rail service scheduled

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Six public hearing about plans for improving passenger and freight rail service between New York City and Niagara Falls are scheduled.

The meetings will be in Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Poughkeepsie and will feature informational open houses from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will focus on the draft environmental impact statement. Project managers and experts will be available to answer questions.

Public hearings, during which the public can submit formal comments about the DEIS, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each hearing will begin with an informational presentation.

The meetings will be on March 4 at Albany Nanotech Complex in Albany; March 5 at Syracuse NBT Bank Stadium; March 6 at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum; March 7 at Rochester National Museum of Play at the Strong; March 11 at the Utica Train Station, 321 Main St. and March 12 at Poughkeepsie Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.

Written comments may be mailed to David Chan, Project Manager, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 wolf Road, Pod No. 61, Albany, NY 12232. Comments may also be submitted through NYSDOT's website at or via email to with the subject line "Draft EIS." Comments will be accepted through March 24.

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