Fourth track opens at Renssalear, New York station

March 8, 2016

By Eric Anderson, Albany Times-Union

Rensselaer – The long-awaited fourth track at the Rensselaer CDTA rail station is now in service, the state Department of Transportation said Monday. The track was part of the original design when the station opened in 2002 but was eliminated to save money.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

As rail traffic grew, the need for a fourth track soon became apparent as Amtrak trains often waited just outside the station for an available platform. In 2008, officials announced the fourth track would be built.

But first, two older stations had to be demolished to clear the way.

The track is part of nearly $300 million in infrastructure improvements to the Capital Region’s passenger rail network. High-level platforms at Rensselaer also are being extended to accommodate longer trains, and a second track is being added between Albany and Schenectady. Signal systems and rail crossings also are being improved.

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