Let's cross the Hudson together.

The current Livingston Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1902 with a pedestrian walkway that provided safe and simple access to both sides of the Hudson River and permitted crossing on foot between the Cities of Albany and Rensselaer. The Walkway, having suffered from years of neglect, was closed decades ago. The likely replacement of this bridge provides an opportunity to reestablish a bicycle and pedestrian connection that is both safe and cost effective. Several transportation studies and municipal and county resolutions on both sides of the bridge acknowledge the critical importance of restoring access to the waterfront and reestablishing this critical link in the growing regional bicycle trail network

Schumer to Amtrak: Use federal windfall to fix key Albany train bridge

Could this Tuesday be giving to Albany? ALBANY — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer is urging Amtrak to prioritize repairing the historic 120-year-old Livingston Avenue Bridge that carries rail service across the Hudson River from Rensselaer to Albany. We’ve been so happy to have the Senator’s support of the walkway. Read more about it here: https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Schumer-to-Amtrak-Use-federal-windfall-to-fix-16663015.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-CP-Spotlight

NY Times Features the 750-mile Empire State Trail – but misses the gap in the the center

The New York Times profiled New York’s Empire State trail this morning. The result of this commendable, ambitions effort to connect the state via multi-use trails via a “combination of protected paths, city streets, highway shoulders and country roads that pass by small towns and cities — offers views of wetlands, waterways, grasslands and mountain ranges. It is a showcase…

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The Patroon Creek Greenway Could be a Really, Really Big Deal

First off – attend one of the public meetings happening TODAY for this project: https://www.patroongreenway.com/get-involved  OK, now to catch you up – What’s the Patroon Creek Greenway? In a word: GAMECHANGER From the City of Albany project website: “The Patroon Greenway would provide a much needed east-west connection for bicyclists and pedestrians, connecting recent and anticipated projects like the Albany Skyway…

Bloomberg City Lab touts the Benefits of the Red carpet to the Livingston Avenue Bridge

“To reconnect the city and the river, some offbeat workarounds are in order,” writes Bloomberg. Well…. yea. But grander things await. We’ve been at it for a decade, shouting from the mountain tops – the Livingston Ave. Bridge is the most impactful waterfront project the region could achieve. While we watch the Skyway unroll, we’re optimistic but the excitement is…

The Federal Transportation Bill can have a Big Impact Here.

“In panel discussion this morning hosted by the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce and the Albany International Airport, the question was asked: what would you do with an infusion of federal infrastructure money?   Amtrak, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, needs to adapt if it wants to be around another 50 years, according to Jane Brophy, Amtrak’s Senior Manager…

Albany Bike Master Plan Touts the Livingston Ave. Bridge’s Potential

Yesterday, on Bike to Work Day, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, County Executive Daniel McCoy, County Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin, community members, and alternative transportation advocates announced the release of the updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that provides a vision and practical suggestions for how to make the City more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. The Master Plan recommends over 40 miles of bicycle…

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How Long Can we Wait?

Thank you, Times Union Editorial Board. On January 24th the newspaper published an op ed supporting the restoration of the Walkway.  “Incidentally, it was for many years also a pedestrian crossing between Albany and Rensselaer. It would make a far better Hudson River crossing for hikers and cyclists on the Empire State Trail than the narrow walkway across the steep,…

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Urge Governor Cuomo today to sign the Trails Plan Bill (S.4416B/A.5035B) and take the opportunity to promote the Livingston Ave. Bridge!

A bill (S.4416B/A.5035B) to create New York’s first multi-use trails plan has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his approval. This is your chance to let the Governor know how important trails are to you. All you have to do is contact the Governor and urge him to sign the bill so that New York can have the best multi-use…

Another Hudson River Bridge has it’s Pedestrian Access Celebrated

While we wait to see what the future holds for the Albany – Rensselaer Livingston Ave. Bridge, other structures in the valley have been retrofitted and celebrated for their connections to art, history and nature. The Rip Van Winkle Bridge, between Hudson and Catskill was recently added as the “Skywalk” centerpiece of a new trail system that connects the historic Frederick…

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The Albany Skyway could roll out the red carpet!

The Albany Sykway connection would enable access to the nationally significant Erie Canalway Trail, emerging residential and commercial development on the Rensselaer and Albany sides of the River at DeLaet’s Landing and the Warehouse District, and be a true majestic gateway to the Hudson. It would also connect the City of Albany to the proposed Rensselaer Waterfront Trail and the Empire…