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Canal barge traffic seen on the rise

Navigation season opened Wednesday

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For Rob Goldman, the Erie Canal is hardly a transportation relic. The captain and owner of the Rensselaer County-based New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company regularly moves tens of thousands of tons along New York’s first superhighway. And he does it at a fraction of the cost the move would take by land. Just one of his barges can haul 1,500 tons of grain down the 365-mile expanse of the Erie Canal between Buffalo ...

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