High Speed Railway Officially in the Works

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) New York State is making big strides towards a high speed railway system connecting Buffalo and New York City.

"The whole purpose of this initiative is to make incremental improvements to what we have today with the ultimate goal of having true high speed rail," Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said Tuesday.

They New York State Department of Transportation held a public meeting Tuesday night at the Connecticut Street Armory to discuss the proposed project. This is one of seven public meetings to be held throughout the state. The meetings are designed to get feedback from the public both on the current state of the railroad system, and to get resident reaction to the new proposed high speed project.

"I'm very much in favor of it. Not just because I'm a railroad fan, but because I think it's an idea whose time has come. We need it now and its going to be important in the future," Buffalo resident Belle Louise Stokes said.

Money from the federal government is funding the New York Department of Transportation to perform an environmental impact study, to determine the least impactful, most cost effective, and best way to bring high speed rail to New York State.

The project is expected to create jobs and bring in revenue as a large economic boost throughout the state, in every area the rail goes though.

The environmental impact study is expected to take about two years to complete. After the study is finished, officials will have a better idea of a timetable to complete the rail and its possible cost.