Friday, June 21, 2024

Goodbye train, hello bus?


News came out recently that Amtrak is pausing its Adirondack line for 18 weeks, longer than the original six weeks forecast. At the same time, Trailways has announced more bus routes.

From a press release:

“Trailways, North America’s largest and oldest network of independent motor coach operators, is pleased to announce the launch of a new service route that will connect St. Lawrence County, Franklin County, and the Adirondacks making stops in previously underserved regions of Northern New York state.

This lifeline route will re-introduce public transportation to several rural communities and operate twice daily, providing customers with increased travel flexibility. The route and rural communities served underscore Trailways’ commitment to providing accessible and reliable public transportation across the Empire State.

Stops at scenic Adirondack destinations like Lake Placid and Lake George will promote tourism and local businesses. Additional direct stops at major transit hubs, such as Albany International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport, will ensure worldwide connectivity for travelers in the Adirondack region.

When service starts on Wednesday, June 19, public transportation will be introduced for the first time in years in towns such as Gouverneur, De Kalb Junction, Town of Lawrence, Malone, Glen Falls, and Saratoga Springs.

Customers looking for information about service, schedules, arrival and departure times, and fares are encouraged to visit”

What’s your take on this? Will additional bus lines help fill a public transportation need in the Adirondacks?

Photo provided by Trailways

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

12 Responses

  1. Susan Sweeney Smith says:

    Yes! Great news’

  2. Brian joseph says:

    Amtrak – sad.

  3. Boreas says:

    Amtrak shuts down the line because of fairly light passenger rail safety, but CP hauling dozens of sand tar oil tankers passing a few feet from Lake Champlain didn’t seem to be an issue.

    • Big Burly says:

      The AMTRAK hiatis has nothing to do with CP traffic — in Canada, the route into Montreal is on CN ROW that has needed upgrades since before the service was affected by the gov’t fiats regarding SARS-CoV2. The track has been prone to sunkink as a consequence. AMTRAK and CN need to resolve the compensation issues as well. Service from the border to downtown Montreal (about 50 miles) was taking almost as long as from Albany to Plattsburgh — small wonder it has been hard to attract riders.

  4. JC says:

    Amtrak has trains running daily from NY City to Middlebury and Burlington. Then the passengers are renting a car or get a taxi for the rest of their destination. Tourists are getting to Ti that way getting off the train at Middlebury.. The Vt route is advertised on local radio so how come no one knows about it, especially the complainng politicians.

  5. Susan says:

    How about some more detail as to the specific route? When you click on the Trailways link, you get the generic trip planner. How about details about THIS new route?

  6. Boreas says:

    Loss of the Port Kent-Vergennes Ferry was another hit to our area. Politics and bean-counters are isolating people in our area and hindering tourism.

  7. Fisherking says:

    Did anyone tell Elise? She’s gonna be soo mad. She might still be busy fixing college boards and writing letters to judges for her friend.

  8. Big Burly says:

    Melissa, the upgraded Trailways schedule is welcome indeed and really improves services in and around the Blue Line — long overdue and has not IMO had anything to do with AMTRAK service in the Champlain corridor.

  9. Lula Hall Baity says:

    just read your article re amtrack. had planned to use amtrack from plattsburgh to croton new york in August. your news is helpful to this family

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