NY lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars
Posted at: 06/17/2013 9:43 AM
| Updated at: 06/17/2013 6:08 PM
An Amtrak train arrives at the Albany-Rensselaer station.
RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are pushing Amtrak to add baggage cars to its passenger trains that would be capable of carrying bicycles.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sens. Betty Little of Warren County and Brad Hoylman of Manhattan say such a move would get more visitors and tourism dollars into New York state.
They discussed their plan Monday at Amtrak's Albany-Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER') station.
The lawmakers want Amtrak to add baggage cars that could carry bicycles on the Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station in Manhattan to the Albany area, Saratoga and destinations in New York's North Country and Vermont.
Amtrak says bikes can now be checked in as baggage for $10 each at some larger stations on those lines and it's generally looking at ways to accommodate more cyclists.
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