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STERA'S MISSION . . .

The purpose of the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority is to fulfill the intent of the NYS Legislature in creating it, which was "to preserve and enhance the system of railroads serving Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Counties in NYS and Warren and Erie Counties in the Commonwealth of PA, so as to insure a healthy economy for these counties".

The goals of the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority are to encourage an operating railroad that provides adequate rail service, increased rail shipping carload volumes, opportunities for additional business expansion and development based on rail service, rehabilitation efforts and improved functional performance of the the rail lines, and achieve a clean audit report and NYS ABO compliance report. 
his mission statement incorporates the Authority's purpose and goals; and provides standards for future performance measurement and evaluation. Following are the Authority's measurement standards for self-evaluation, based upon the goals of the Authority.  These measurement standards were approved by the Authority Board of Directors at the February 16, 2010 Meeting.

  • Operating railroad providing adequate rail service

  • Increased rail shipping carload volumes

  • Opportunities for additional business expansion and development based on rail service

  • Documentation of rehabilitation efforts and functional performance railroad line

  • Encouragement of safe railroad operations

  • Clean audit report and NYS ABO compliance report


EXPECTATIONS OF STERA STAKEHOLDERS
Participating Counties
Operating railroad providing adequate rail services; increased rail shipping carload volumes, opportunities for additional business expansion and development based on rail service; operation of authority as fiduciary for its interests; and improvement of the physical assets of the railroad system to insure acommercially viable system.

Affected Municipalities
Same as above.

Affected School Districts
Same as above.

Actual Potential Rail-Shipping Business Community
Operating railroad providing adequate rail service and opportunities for additional business expansion based on rail service.