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City wants rail to stay

City Council passes resolution urging Ethan Allen Line be maintained

Saratoga Springs Railroad Station has two lines, the Adirondack Line and the Ethan Allen Line. Saratoga wants to keep both lines.

Saratoga Springs Railroad Station has two lines, the Adirondack Line and the Ethan Allen Line. Saratoga wants to keep both lines. Photo by Marci Revette.

— “The first option is best because it provides the most passenger service to the greatest public,” said Rudmann.

The second option would be to eliminate the current path of the Ethan Allen Line and shift it through Mechanicville, where it would continue on to Schenectady, Albany and eventually New York City.

The third option would maintain the current Ethan Allen Line while adding another line from Rutland to Bennington to Mechanicville. That would not change any of Saratoga Springs’ current service, but would involve millions of dollars in federal funding.

In order to ensure the continuation of the Ethan Allen Line through Saratoga, ESPA has been meeting with several state elected officials, including Senator Kathy Marchione and Senator Hugh Farley, who worked for a railroad when he was attending college.

“I did work for the New York Central in Watertown in my youth,” said Farley. “I am very supportive of rail transportation. I think it is the wave of the future and anything we can do to support passenger transportation, I am all for it.”

Whatever decision is made, Rudmann said Saratoga ridership is up.

“The public in the Saratoga and Fort Edward area should continue to have access to passenger rail,” said Rudmann.

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