Buffalo to Albany rail line getting Obama Administration attention
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is cited in the Buffalo News as saying the Obama Administration will give serious consideration to construction of a high-speed rail line connecting Buffalo and Albany.
The project could be part of an $8 billion stimulus bill set-aside to modernize passenger rail systems.
“This is a very bipartisan effort that includes a project that represents 60 percent of the state,” LaHood said after a meeting with the state’s upstate congressional delegation. “This part of the state is hurting, and obviously this would be an economic engine, and we obviously will take all of that into consideration.”
Several members of the upstate caucus attended the meeting, including two Republicans: Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, and Rep. John McHugh, R-Watertown.
“We are getting nice bipartisan support here, and the secretary seems to be on board with it,” Lee said.
What Batavians need to be concerned about is whether Batavia is a stop along the route.