Bill would help pre-clear Canada to USA train passengers

March 2, 2016

By GORDON BLOCK, Watertown Daily Times

A new bill proposed in Congress would help make pre-clearance of train passengers between Montreal and New York a possibility.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

Supporters of the bill say that Amtrak’s Adirondack Line has to stop at the border, often for more than an hour, which makes the trip less attractive to travelers.

“This legislation will bring us one step closer to reducing horrible wait times and boosting tourism opportunities for local businesses for years to come,” said Sen. Schumer, one of the bill’s sponsors, in a statement.

The bill, co-sponsored by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and lawmakers in multiple border states, would expand American pre-clearance facilities at Canadian port and rail sites.

Among its provisions is ensuring American federal government workers doing clearance work in Montreal are subject to U.S. law and legal protections.

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