POLITICS

US, Canada move to end screening stop for N.Y.-bound Amtrak trains from Montreal

05/11/2012 04:00 EDT | Updated 07/10/2012 05:12 EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. - An extra stop to screen Amtrak trains running between Montreal and New York City could soon be eliminated.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian officials have tentatively agreed to end the two-hour inspection and screening delays at Saint-Lambert, Quebec.

The Associated Press says deal still needs final U.S. and Canadian approval.

But new screening facilities in Montreal are being built for Customs and Border Patrol agents to complete pre-screenings and end the need to stop at Saint-Lambert.

Schumer says Amtrak has agreed to no longer making the extra stop once the new facilities are approved and operating.

The North Country Chamber of Commerce in upstate New York says the move is a major economic step toward creating what it calls border fluidity.

Amtrak's "Adirondack" train to Penn Station in Manhattan generally leaves Montreal each day at 9:30 a.m.

— with files from the Associated Press