The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has
launched an online petition that urges Amtrak President Joe Boardman to permit
bikes on trains between New York City
The Saratoga Chamber and others along the various
Amtrak rail lines between New York City
and Canada have
for years been seeking Amtrak's cooperation with this effort. The goal is to
provide upstate communities with a new and environmentally friendly way to
promote themselves as tourist destinations to the millions of people that are
connected by the passenger rail lines between New York
City and Canada,
such as the 10 million people living in the city and in Montreal.
The chamber's Vice President for Tourism Annamaria Bellantoni was recently in New
York City’s Penn Station for the NY by Rail Expo,
promoting train travel to Saratoga
and handing out information about this petition.
County and local elected officials along with a
wide range of nonprofit organizations across Saratoga
County and beyond have been working
diligently for years to create outstanding hiking and cycling trails to attract
visitors and tourists as well as for the benefit of area residents. The City of
Saratoga Springs, for instance, has
created the Spring Run Trail and the Railroad Run Trail, which will soon link
directly to new trails in the Saratoga
Spa State Park.
The city eventually hopes to have a 20+ mile greenbelt trail in and around Saratoga
that will connect with trails across Saratoga
County in Moreau, Wilton,
Malta, Ballston Spa, Halfmoon, Schuylerville, Mechanicville, Milton
and Clifton Park.
"Lakes to Locks Passage encourages travelers
to use many modes of transportation--biking, boating, hiking and riding the
train,” said Janet Kennedy, executive director
of Lakes to Locks Passage. “Amtrak baggage cars for bikes will make the
region a destination for bicyclists, a proven market to showcase local culture
and heritage, and support our local businesses and services."