Rewind: High Speed Rail Art from 2002

Rewind: High Speed Rail Art from 2002

This article was scraped from Rochester Subway. This is a blog about Rochester history and urbanism has not been published since 2017. The current owners are now publishing link spam which made me want to preserve this history.. The original article was published May 05, 2009 and can be found here.

Fast forward or rewind? The dream of high speed rail in Upstate NY is nothing new.     Back in 1993    Mario Cuomo wanted to see Amtrak service upgraded to 125mph between Albany and Buffalo. And the idea has been studied up and down since the 70's. But now with Obama and Biden calling for a new high speed rail network to ease congestion on U.S. roadways, and Representative Louise Slaughter spearheading     a new push to bring high speed upstate    , what's old just may be new again. Check out this poster...

'Fast Forward - High Speed Rail for Rochester' poster designed by Laura Wilder circa 2002. Commissioned by the Genesee Transportation Council to drum up support for high speed rail.

   The poster shown above was commissioned by the Genesee Transportation Council back in 2002 and designed by     Laura Wilder    . Its purpose, according to the former Director of the GTC, was to "support public outreach efforts associated with a redevelopment study of the Rochester Amtrak Station. The catalyst for the study was a NYSDOT initiative--subsequently shelved--to extend high-speed rail service from Albany to Niagara Falls."

Poster Advertisement for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress).

For me, the design conjures up wonderful visions of old Art Deco poster ads.     This one

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in particular for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. I don't know if I will ever live to see a high speed train barrel into Rochester, but I do know this poster will look pretty swank on my living room wall. Thanks goes to Matt Denker for bringing this poster to our attention and Laura Wilder for tracking down the info for us.

Where To Buy?

You can     order a copy of the      High Speed Rail for Rochester     poster    from Laura's web site for $20 + shipping. Or, if you live in Rochester, you can     contact Laura Wilder    directly and save shipping.

Chris Gemignani

Chris Gemignani

Rochester, NY, USA