lvrr325 wrote:County bought the line for the purpose of maintaining the rail. as long as there's a customer it should do that.I understand what you are saying, and certainly nothing is happening immediately.
But while the county DID acquire the line with the goal of maintaining rail service, they are not the ones footing the bill. FGLK is. When ONCT started there were probably about 300 carloads annually in Victor alone. These days there's about 40, maybe less. I can guarantee you two things are going on. 1) they are operating that line segment at a loss, and 2) Maintenance of track is below what would be needed over the long haul.
So if it was decided to transload at Manchester, and truck to Victor, that's certainly doable - see the posts above about a similar thing being done at Canandaigua. I certainly would hate to see the end of that line - I'd probably miss it more than most. But we have to say the "R" word - REALITY. In the grand scheme of social, political and economic considerations, the public at large would benefit far more from better highway flow than from keeping the rails in place.