This is the 12th of a 13-part series on high speed rail in the USA. For previous articles, see below.
City or upstate? That is the usual question that follows any New Yorker after they tell people where they are from. The proposed Empire Corridor would link these two entities that make up New York and bind them together with a transportation link would end in Buffalo nearly at the Canadian border.
Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo are the major cities that would be linked to NYC on this line that would also be connected to the nationwide HSR network via the Keystone Corridor and the already in service Northeast Corridor. New York City as the vital intersect point for rail plans for this part of the country, and needs a complete makeover in both regional and interstate passenger travel.