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New York State furthers high-speed plans


New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), with the cooperation of CSX Transportation and Amtrak, recently sought approval from Federal Railroad Administration to operate passenger trains at Class 7 speeds (more than 100 mph) through grade crossings along Amtrak’s Empire High Speed Corridor between New York City and Schenectady, N.Y.

NYSDOT would implement a Five-Year Hazard Mitigation Action Plan, which would include crossing improvement, elimination and closure.

FRA has invited interested parties to participate in the proceedings by submitting written opinions, data or comments; but the agency doesn’t anticipate the need for a formal hearing at this point.

Submitted materials must reference Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA-2001-11233 and be submitted to Docket Clerk, DOT Central Docket Management Facility, Room PL-401 (Plaza Level) 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington D.C. 20590.

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