Published on : Monday, April 17, 2017
As per a tourism leader, perking up the on-time performance of trains should be a major concern that leaders should look into. Patrick J. Whalen, director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute pointed out that the drooping number of riders in the last two years in Buffalo station and spending $44 million behind it by the New York State Government are an evidence of the fact that Amtrak has become unreliable after all.
To quote Whalen, former chief operating officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, ‘The galling part of this is that rail could work in upstate.’ Whalen said that in 2016 he took two monthly business trips at a stretch for nine months on Amtrak which was between Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
He wanted to read or work instead of driving. To utter dismay, he was late twice leaving from Niagara Falls. For both occasions, he boarded the stopped train close to the International Bridge at Buffalo.
The train was 50 minutes late on a 35-minute trip both times. However, the inbound train along the 463-mile corridor from New York City to Niagara Falls was immensely late for over an hour on 17 out of the 18 trips, which made Whalen gave up immediately.