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Old 03-04-2010, 01:52 PM
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I was just replying to a thread about people complaining how much the LIRR sucks and complaining about it being (not so) late. As I was replying, it came to me how lucky Long Island to have such a commuter rail system.

Why doesn't the local governments or private transportation company start commuter rail service for the finger lakes, easily connecting the towns to Rochester and Syracuse. I mean the rails are there, a little permission, an agreement or a joint venture and the FLRR could use Amtrak's (or CSX's) rail and use the Syracuse and Rochester Amtrak station as FLRR stations. The smaller towns who have the FLRR rail running through their Towns/Villages could use private grants and public transportation funding to build a cheap station so their residents could use commuter rail to travel to Rochester, Syracuse, or other towns in The Finger Lakes to get to work. I did some googling and already found a company who owns and maintains the track and passenger trains, but only does it for "scenic getaways."

I could think this could have a good impact on the DYING upstate economy. Maybe a private company like fingerlakes scenic getaways, or the government would be interested in starting commuter rail service in the finger lakes!

Any thoughts?

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Old 03-11-2010, 01:10 AM
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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It would be wiser to push for a privatly funded system. A public system like your stalled High Speed Rail line is doomed form the start. Too much politics and money involed and we all know how that goes in NY State.
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:59 PM
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Would it have a connection to Ithaca too?
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:00 PM
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It def. could, if you look at rail maps I think Elmira, the Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse are linked well enough by rail if a proposed rail service got permission to use CSX or Amtrak rails... It would just depend on how long it would take to travel to/form these places that would decide if people if would use the service, if no one used the service it would be a waste pf money.

I do see enough people using a system that links the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and Syracuse especially for commuting, I also see it being a big use for younger people who would like to get out of there for teh night and hit up the bars in another town SAFELY. Imagine being able to decide live in Clifton springs for example and hop on the train to go Waterloo for the night. Imagine how cool it would be would be to live in Rochester or Syracuse and decide to take the train out to the Finger Lakes for the day or take the train to Geneva to hit up a wine tour in Geneva where the bus leaves from the train station every hour. A service like this would even help boost tourism $$, and the great thing thing is it's from their own backyard!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:02 PM
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Especially in this economy there should be a train or a bus service that links Upstate NY to each other.
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