Friday, July 3, 2009

Scenic Train Route Between NYC And Montreal In Peril

The Amtrak train from Montreal to New York City is one of the most scenic on the continent, but it may become a thing of the past. Photograph by: Handout photo, Amtrak

From The Montreal Gazette:

New York-Montreal ride brings tourists.

A New York train-passengers group fears it might be the end of the line for Amtrak's Manhattan-Montreal train, one of the most scenic rail trips in the world and a key source of tourists for Montreal.

Since its launch in August 1974, the Albany-Montreal portion of the route has been subsidized by New York State, with current annual funding at about $5 million U.S.

But New York wants to cut that subsidy and there's only enough money to keep the train running until Sept. 30, said Bruce Becker, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based president of the Empire State Passengers Association.

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