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Local and State Officials Praise funding the Livingston Avenue Walkway

The Schenectady Gazette did the round-up work to gather reactions to the Governor’s State of the State Address. Some salient responses below. “Assemblymember John McDonald III, D-Cohoes: “The governor is prioritizing replacement of the Livingston Ave. Bridge between the cities of Rensselaer and Albany, a major regional and upstate rail connector that needs pedestrian and cyclist access.” Jill Delaney, president and…

Livingston Avenue Bridge Replacement, AND Walkway, Mentioned in the New York State of the State Address

On January 5, 2022 New York State Governor Kathy Hochul outlined the State’s New Transportation and Infrastructure Priorities in her State of the State Address. These priorities include the replacement of the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge in Albany: “The Livingston Avenue Bridge provides a critical link for passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor to Albany-Rensselaer. The rail bridge has deteriorated to the point where…

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…

Broken Stairs on the east side approach

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,…