Destinations

New York Senator Works to Keep Funding for Trains Driving Tourism

Dec 17, 2013 9:41 am

Skift Take

New York State is investing heavily in developing a tourism economy upstate and the short-trip train routes that Schumer wants to keep funded can help generate travel within the region.

— Samantha Shankman

Sponsored by:

Evolving Strategies in Travel Ad Tech and Bookings

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal funding that fueled the growth of historic train systems credited with boosting tourism is at risk.

The Democrat says he’s pushing a proposal that would continue funding for a tax credit for these short rail systems that have turned into tourist destinations in the Adirondack Mountains. He says the tax credit is scheduled to expire.

The announcement came Monday in Saratoga Springs, where Schumer completed his 15th annual trek to visit all of New York’s 62 counties. That includes 230 stops in upstate New York and on Long Island this year.

Schumer says the old-time political practice has kept him in touch with the needs and concerns of New Yorkers.

Copyright (2013) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

New York Political Leaders Host Anti-Airbnb Press Conference
What Happens When Airbnb and the NY Attorney General Meet Today
Hotel-Booking Site PointsHound Acquired by Points International
How to Find the ‘Holistic Traveler’ Trapped in Your Data

We're the Moneyball of the Travel Industry

We know what's coming next in travel. Subscribe to the newsletter and get all the goodness in your inbox daily.