More detail came out today on the State's plan for high speed rail. $10.7 Billion would be spent! While I don't buy high speed passenger service as transforming our economy, one part of this plan DOES make me SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE:
- Adding at least three new intermodal facilities/inland ports across the state to serve the rapidly growing container segment of rail traffic. This would help remove long-haul trucks from highways and deliver products to consumers faster.
Can we talk GRIFFISS PORT now???
Rail, Highway, Air, and Canal are all here. If Griffiss International Airport is chosen as the site of one of the three intermodal facilities/inland ports, our albatross of a County Airport could conceivably "take off" and transform the Utica/Rome economy at the same time. There are no guarantees, of course . . .but I always thought that Griffiss' only chance for success was as a cargo port.
Messrs. Arcuri, Picente, Valesky, Griffo, Townsend, Gray and Ms. Destito: Make it Happen!