Rensselaer Station/Albany-Schenectady Track Enhancements

Amtrak’s ninth busiest station in the country — the Rensselaer Rail Station — is a high-speed rail system connecting New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls. Transporting over 830,000 passengers annually, Amtrak sought to spur ridership through increased operational efficiency and reliability.

Focusing on reducing delays, our team provided design, permitting, and construction inspection for the $50 million station redevelopment, including a new fourth track, switch and signal improvements, and high-level platform expansions. The $91 million track improvements laid the framework for the future high-speed capacity improvement component, adding a new second main track, switch and signal upgrades, and significant grading, drainage, crossing, bridge and culvert improvements. CHA’s innovative methods realigned the track within existing rights-of-way and used camera and data extraction technology to record current train movement. The additional track capacity eliminated delays at the station terminal, ensuring a seamless transportation interface while achieving optimum operational speeds.

Project summary


The 9th busiest station in the country.


Over 830,000 people use the station annually.


Fourth track added to eliminate delays.

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Lee Ecker, PE*

Lee Ecker, PE*
Senior Vice President, Business Development Leader, Principal Engineer

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Lee has over three decades of experience in designing and managing state, local, and private-owned transportation projects throughout the Northeast. His expertise includes interstate reconstruction and widening, highway realignment and reconstruction, bridge replacement, and intersection improvements. Lee has a reputation for his public outreach efforts and delivering environmental analyses and impact statements.