November 6, 2008
Ridership is up, and the ticket prices are going up too.The Empire Service, which runs between New York City, Albany and other upstate New York destinations, served 994,293 passengers, up 4 percent, and recorded $41 million in revenue, up 6.5 percent. Finally, ridership on the Portland, Maine-to-Boston Downeaster skyrocketed 31 percent to 474,492 and revenue shot up 36.7 percent to $5.8 million.
Here is the news on the proposed fare increase
So, it’s a success. There is however a continuing issue with parking. There simply is not enough parking. I remember at the initial planning additional land was in play . It would seem the deal did not go through. This land was at the end of the lot. Parking should have been a larger part of the overall plan. The issue will not go away. Business owners on Lincoln Street have expressed to me concerns about commuters using Lincoln Street all day. This came up many months ago and I spoke to Bob Eastman. I understood additional signage with restrictions were put in place. It does not seem to be working. I think in the short term the owner of the defunct bank should be approached for additional parking. That building is going nowhere this Winter. If there are parking rules in place they should be enforced. Lincoln Street is a busy shopping area all day long. The business owners should be able to count on short term parking for their customers.
The Train Station needs a parking garage, this is not an over the top suggestion. This should be brought forward to the people that can get it done. The Town would definitely be contributing to solving regional transportation issues with a garage. These are prefab structures and go up very fast. The hospital garage went up in a week.