Could Amtrak Extend Services in Saratoga and Schenectady in the Future?

January 22, 2016

By Emily Riccio on January 21, 2016 12:00 PM,

Being only a short train ride away from New York City is one of the many reasons why living around the Capital Region is great. The only downside is you may have noticed that it’s a rarity for Amtrak to have more than a few trains scheduled from Saratoga or Schenectady on a given day.  However, there could be potential plans for this to change in the future. Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

A second track between Albany and Schenectady is being removed that would allow for more frequent service, breaking up the congestion that commonly happens. The service will be financed by New York State, which will have to decide whether it’s worth the expense of extending train service beyond Rensselaer.

The trains that do stop in Schenectady and Saratoga are often at inconvenient times for those who wish to commute to New York City. Oftentimes, passengers will have to drive to Rensselaer and catch an early departure from there.

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