Empire Corridor

The Empire Corridor is a term used to refer to the approximately 460-mile (740 km) railroad corridor between Niagara Falls, New York and New York City, including the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Schenectady and Albany. Amtrak's Empire Service and Maple Leaf serve the entire length of the corridor, with the Maple Leaf continuing to Toronto. Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line provides commuter rail service between Poughkeepsie, New York and Grand Central Terminal. The line is electrified by both overhead catenary and top-contact third rail between Penn Station and 41st Street and by under-contact third rail between Spuyten Duyvil and Croton–Harmon.

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 km) between New York City and Buffalo in 7 hours and 6 minutes (including stops), averaging 61.4 mph (98.8 km/h), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h).[1][2]

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

Ownership

The Empire Corridor is largely owned by CSX Transportation (CSX), 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 trackage between Poughkeepsie and Schenectady.[4] Amtrak officially assumed control of the line on December 1, 2012.[5]

Current passenger services

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

Amtrak

The following trains operate along the varied segments of the corridor:

Commuter rail

Stations

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
Buffalo Metro Rail: Seneca
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: 351, 353, 354, 355, 370, 763, 905 (BusPlus)
Rensselaer Albany–Rensselaer Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CDTA: NX Northway Express, 114, 214
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
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
Phillipstown 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
Briarcliff Manor 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: 6, 1C, 1T, & 1W
Yonkers Greystone Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line

Bee-Line: 6, 1C, 1T, & 1W

Glenwood Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line

Bee-Line: 1C, 1T, & 1W.

Yonkers Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf
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, and ​3 trains at Seventh Avenue, A, ​C, and ​E trains at Eighth Avenue
NYC Transit buses: M4, M7, M20, M34 / M34A Select Bus Service, Q32

Freight service

Freight service is provided by CSX Transportation.

See also

References

  1. ^ John Lienhard. "Rain, Steam & Speed: Inventing Powered Motion". Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  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. May 12, 1893. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Amtrak system timetable, Fall 2010/Winter 2011, page 25
  4. ^ "Amtrak to lease Empire Corridor trackage from CSX". Trains Magazine. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 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. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.

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