Empire Corridor

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The Empire Corridor is a term used to refer to the approximately 460 mi (740 km) corridor between Niagara Falls and New York City, including the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Schenectady and Albany. The Empire Service and Maple Leaf serve the entire length of this corridor, and the Maple Leaf continues to Toronto. The Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line provides commuter rail service from Poughkeepsie, New York to Grand Central Terminal.

Empire Corridor (red) as designated by the Federal Railroad Administration

The corridor is also one of ten federally designated high-speed rail corridors in the United States.

If the proposed high-speed service were built on the corridor, trains traveling between Buffalo and New York City would travel at speeds of up to 125 mph (201 km/h). In the 1890s service on the Empire State Express service between New York City and Buffalo was about 1 hour faster than Amtrak's service in 2013. On September 14, 1891 the Empire State Express covered the 436 miles (702 kilometers) between New York City and Buffalo in 7 hours and 6 minutes (including stops), averaging 61.4 miles-per-hour (98.8 km/h), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h).[1][2]

Current passenger services[edit]

The busiest segment of the Empire Corridor is between New York City and Albany with multiple trains per day.

Amtrak long-distance trains serving Empire Corridor stations:

Commuter rail[edit]

Freight service[edit]

Freight service is provided by CSX Transportation, who owns the tracks between Niagara Falls and Poughkeepsie.

Ownership[edit]

The Empire Corridor is largely owned by CSX Transportation, which owns the trackage between Niagara Falls and Poughkeepsie.[3] South of Poughkeepsie, Metro-North owns the trackage to Yonkers, from which Amtrak owns the trackage into Pennsylvania Station.[3]

On October 18, 2011, Amtrak and CSX announced an agreement for Amtrak to lease, operate and maintain the CSX-owned track between Poughkeepsie and Schenectady.[4] Amtrak officially assumed control on December 1, 2012.[5]

Station stops[edit]

Town/City Station Connections
Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Amtrak: Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Buffalo Buffalo-Exchange Street Station Amtrak: Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Thruway Motorcoach to Jamestown, New York
Depew Buffalo-Depew Amtrak: Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
Rochester Rochester Amtrak: Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
Syracuse Syracuse Amtrak: Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CENTRO: 16, 48, 50, 60, 62, 70, 82, 236, 246, 250
Rome Rome Amtrak: Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Utica Utica Union Station Adirondack Scenic Railroad: to Thendara, New York
Amtrak: Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CENTRO: 15, 31
Amsterdam Amsterdam Amtrak: Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Schenectady Schenectady Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CDTA: 63, 70, 351, 353, 354, 355, 905 (BusPlus)
Rensselaer Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CDTA: NX Northway Express, 14, 15, 24
Hudson Hudson Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf
Rhinecliff Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak: Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
City of Poughkeepsie Transit: Main Street
Dutchess County LOOP: A, B, C, D, E, Poughkeepsie Commuter Connection
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
New Hamburg New Hamburg Dutchess LOOP: New Hamburg Commuter Connection
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Beacon Beacon Dutchess LOOP: Beacon Commuter Connection
Leprechaun Lines: Newburgh-Beacon Shuttle
Newburgh-Beacon Ferry
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Town of Fishkill Breakneck Ridge Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Cold Spring Cold Spring Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Putnam Transit: Cold Spring Trolley
Garrison Garrison Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Manitou Manitou Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Peekskill Peekskill Bee-Line: 16, 18, 31
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Cortlandt Manor Cortlandt Bee-Line: 14
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Croton-on-Hudson Croton-Harmon Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
Bee-Line: 10, 11, 14
Metro-North Railroad:
Hudson Line
Ossining Ossining Bee-Line: 13, 13B, 19
Haverstraw–Ossining Ferry
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Scarborough Scarborough Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Sleepy Hollow Philipse Manor Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Tarrytown Tarrytown Tappan Zee Express
Bee-Line: 1T, 13, T
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Irvington Irvington Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Ardsley-on-Hudson Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry Bee-Line: 1, 6
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Hastings-on-Hudson Hastings-on-Hudson Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Bee-Line Bus System Routes; 6, 1C, 1T, & 1W
Yonkers Greystone Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line, Bee-Line Bus System Routes; 6, 1C, 1T, & 1W
Glenwood Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line, Bee-Line Bus System Routes; 1C, 1T, & 1W.
Yonkers Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf (Amtrak/VIA)
Bee-Line: 6, 9, 25, 32, 91 (seasonal service)
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
New York City Penn Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Adirondack, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
LIRR: Main Line, Port Washington Branch
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Gladstone Branch, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morristown Line
NYC Subway: 1 2 3 trains at Seventh Avenue, A C E trains at Eighth Avenue
NYC Transit buses: M4, M7, M20, M34 / M34A Select Bus Service, Q32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Lienhard. "Rain, Steam & Speed: Inventing Powered Motion". Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  2. ^ "GREAT SPEED Off THE CENTRAL.; Empire State Express Engine Travels at the Rate of 112 1-2 Miles an Hour" (PDF). New York Times. 1893-05-12. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ a b Amtrak system timetable, Fall 2010/Winter 2011, page 25
  4. ^ "Amtrak to lease Empire Corridor trackage from CSX". Trains Magazine. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Hudson Rail Lease - Amtrak/CSX Deal Will Improve Passenger Service, Move Projects Forward" (PDF) (Press release). Albany, New York: Amtrak. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 

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