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12/13/2007



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Amtrak, New York State DOT settle Empire Corridor high-speed rail service dispute



Amtrak and the New York State Department of Transportation recently settled a contract dispute and related litigation over a former state DOT program to develop high-speed rail service from New York City to the Capital District using Amtrak’s RTL Turboliner trains.

Under terms of the settlement, Amtrak with pay the state $20 million, and the state and railroad with jointly invest $10 million to improve infrastructure on the Albany-to-New York City Empire Corridor. One of the improvements calls for upgrading track near the George Washington Bridge to improve service and reduce travel times along the corridor.

"This agreement puts to rest a long-standing dispute and enables the state and Amtrak to move forward cooperatively to improve passenger-rail service and the state's rail infrastructure," said New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a prepared statement.


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