Permanent Way Inspector
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- Aug 24, 2003
I agree. It would not be worth it for just this one route. If NY State was into providing comprehensive rural service in the upstate then the appropriate equipment for it would be a large order of FLIRTs or something like that. It is plain silly to run 4 heavy standard cars which are mostly half occupied and a hugely heavy diesel pulling them. That is about the worst match of equipment to required capacity and level and quality of service.It is clear that neither Amtrak nor DOT are much interested in any service north of Albany if they cannot get to Montreal because even Saratoga Springs does not seem worth their while unless and until it is racing season, July 27th.
But since NY State's upstate service is mostly about virtue signaling and not particularly about providing usable quality service, of course getting appropriate equipment for them would be inappropriate. you'd want to run it for least cost using superannuated inappropriate equipment, hand me downs from elsewhere. Coming to think of it, the only real rural service that NY State runs is the Adirondack route. The only other upstate service it runs is on the Water Level Route which no one would characterize as a rural service, and surprisingly they do that poorly too. There has been no service growth West of Albany since its inception - post Amtrak unlike say, California or the Pacific Northwest to some extent.