What effect will loss of railroad have on Rt. 12?

NORWICH – The potential demise of rail service through Chenango County has left at least one governmental body frustrated.

Members of the all-volunteer Chenango County Planning & Development Board, who met March 4 at the County Office Building, agreed commerce would be threatened without New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad transportation.

“We’ve got to have a railroad. This area is doomed without it,” said Ken Ryan, a member of the Oxford Planning Board.

NYS&W traffic halted following the June 2006 floods, prompting railroad executives to later begin abandonment procedures. The high cost to afford repairs and restart the service left Chenango County leaders with few alternatives. At least one business venture has been lost due to the lack of rail service in the county.

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