Amtrak's New York - Montreal Adirondack is threatened with elimination or frequency reduction thanks to New York State's budgetary woes. The Albany Times-Union reports Gov. David Paterson wants to halve the train's annual $5 million state subsidy.
The move comes at a time when Amtrak is looking for New York State to step up its support for intercity passenger rail. New York does not subsidize the Empire Corridor, which offers up to 13 roundtrips per day between New York and Albany-Rensselaer. The situation finds Amtrak's new CEO, Joseph Boardman, taking the opposite position from when he was New York's transportation chief under former Gov. George Pataki.
Ending the Adirondack would leave no rail service between New York and Montreal. Amtrak's overnight train, the Montrealer, which originated in Washington, was discontinued in 1995. The Adirondack is considered one of the world's most scenic trains because of its long stretches of running alongside Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.
The moves comes at a time when Vermont is threatening to end support for the Ethan Allen Express, a daily run between Rutland and New York. If both trains are discontinued, the beautiful new station in Saratoga Springs will be put out of business.
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