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State extends comment period on high-speed rail

By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period on plans for high-speed rail service between New York City and Upstate New York.

The comment period was originally supposed to end Monday. Officials have received about 250 comments and held six public hearings across the state that attracted more than 500 people.

Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald says comments will be accepted through April 30.

The state's draft environmental impact statement lays out five alternatives for higher speed passenger rail service along the 463-mile Empire Corridor, from New York City to Niagara Falls.

Comments may be submitted through the DOT's website or emailed to empirecorridor@dot.ny.gov with the subject line "Draft EIS."

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