"The Third Track Initiative aims to establish a dedicated third track for high speed passenger rail service across Upstate from Niagara Falls to Albany with a potential for reducing the travel time by 2 hours or more."Other goals of the plan include:
- Doubling train frequencies between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, Albany-Rensselaer and Niagara Falls and Albany-Rensselaer and Montreal.
- Achieving on-time performance of at least 95 percent between Albany and New York City.
- Shortening the travel time between Albany-Rensselaer and Montreal to 6 1/2 hours from eight hours.
- Establishing new passenger service, where viable, such as between Saratoga and Albany, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, and Binghamton and New York City