NEC Projects


Empire Corridor Hudson Line Improvements

Project Partners

  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
  • CSX Corporation
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
  • Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
  • Amtrak

Project Benefits

  • Increased capacity
  • Greater frequency
  • Better reliability
  • Safer grade crossings
  • Improved station functionality and amenities

Project Status


Available Funding

$190.7 M

New York State is advancing a number of projects on the Empire Corridor Hudson Line between Schenectady and Poughkeepsie. Amtrak entered into a long term lease with CSX Corporation on December 1, 2012, to manage  and dispatch the infrastructure along this territory. The lease ensures that passenger trains have scheduling priority and lays the foundation for several rail and station improvement projects totaling $190.7 million on the Empire Corridor with federal funding support.

These projects include signal line improvements south of Albany to significantly improve the reliability of rail service, replacing over 60 miles of obsolete signal wires, and replacing 30-year-old wiring with new underground power cables and electronic track circuits. A second track will be installed between Albany-Rensselaer and Schenectady stations to allow for two-way train traffic in one of the most critical bottlenecks on the Empire Corridor.  A new 4,300 square-foot intermodal station in Schenectady will replace the existing Amtrak station. Projects also include design and safety improvements to 13 highway-rail grade crossings in Columbia, Dutchess, and Rensselaer counties in New York, and final design and construction of a fourth station track at the Albany-Rensselaer to improve flexibility and reliability at this station.