Railroad study delayed

NORWICH – The final report from a railway feasibility study has been delayed once more. The study, commissioned by the Chenango County Area Corporation and funded in part by the Chenango County Planning and Economic Development Committee, was expected to be completed in the fall.

“We’d hoped for October,” said Jennifer Tavares, Business Development and Zone Coordinator for Commerce Chenango, in an update to the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency on Dec. 17.

The purpose of the feasibility study was to evaluate the viability of a number of different options for the 41.02-mile stretch of track between Chenango Forks and Sherburne which has been out of service since it was damaged by heavy flooding in June 2006.

The New York Susquehanna & Western Rail Road officially discontinued service along the section of rail on Oct.1. The railway company has agreed to put off filing for abandonment of the segment, which is part of its Utica Branch Line for one year.

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