Two members of New York's congressional delegation say ongoing economic expansion in the state's western areas shows the need for a high-speed rail link between Buffalo and Rochester.
Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter of Rochester and Brian Higgins of Buffalo say cutting the travel time between the two cities would allow people to commute to the growing technology jobs increasingly available in western New York. They point to the SolarCity project in Buffalo and AIM Photonics in Rochester as examples of the region's changing economy.
New York's upstate congressional delegates have pushed for years for a high-speed rail system linking the region's largest cities with New York City. Higgins says refocusing the effort on the 70-mile stretch between upstate New York's two largest cities would be far less costly.