At a recent meeting in Geneva, NY, the Norfolk Southern Corporation announced that they would continue their marketing program called the Empire Link with 13 New York-based short line railroads. Rail shipments to and from facilities on any of these lines are able to route traffic via the Southern Tier NS
line with special Empire Link pricing factors in place.
"We believe that this will create new business opportunites for railroads and shippers alike," stated Mike Smith, President of Finger Lakes Railway. "There has to be an incentive for shippers to move commodities by rail carload, and there has to be incentive for railroads to move more carload traffic."
Shippers and recievers with commodities to exchange should consider rail
freight to other traditional shipping methods in order to take advantage of this
partnership. The following map (also linked at the bottom of the page
as PDF attachment) will show the connections between the 13 local short
lines that interchange (I/C) with NS on the Southern Tier Mainline
between Binghamton and Silver Springs. The Corning Secondary is included
at the NS branch line from Corning, NY to Geneva, NY. Also included is
the NS branch line from Waverly, NY to Ludlowville, NY.