Weigh in on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail – proposed trail connecting Rensselaer & Hudson  

The most significant benefit of the Livingston Avenue Bridge is it’s unmatched potential to connect trail systems that have state-wide reach.  Two important public information meetings have been scheduled for trail planners to obtain input on the creation of the proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, a vital segment of the new Empire State Trail. The northern terminus of the proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a 10-minute bike ride from the LABC’s eastern approach.

The meeting dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Columbia High School Auditorium, 962 Luther Rd, East Greenbush
  • Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ichabod Crane High School Auditorium, 2910 Route 9, Valatie

The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is a proposed 35-mile bicycling and pedestrian rail-trail path, running from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson. The proposed trail route runs through Rensselaer County (City of Rensselaer and Towns of East Greenbush, Schodack, and Nassau) and Columbia County (Towns of Chatham, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant, Stockport, and Greenport; Villages of Valatie and Kinderhook). The Trail could be 10 to 12 feet wide and surfaced with asphalt in more developed areas, and stone dust in lower use sections.

The project is being advanced with support from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. At the meeting the project team will

  • Discuss the project’s goals, opportunities, and schedule.
  • Provide a detailed description of the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail’s proposed route.
  • Release a draft Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Concept Plan for public review and comment.
  • Provide a forum to answer questions and receive comments from the community.

These information meetings are the first step in what will be an ongoing process to secure input on the development of the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. The Hudson River Valley Greenway anticipates completing all Trail design, permitting, and environmental review steps by the fall of 2018. Trail construction could start in the spring of 2019, with full Trail completion in 2020.

As part of the promise to invest and build infrastructure to support New York’s economy, Governor Cuomo pledged to create the Empire State Trail, which, if completed, will create a 750-mile trail bike and walking pathway from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo. Once completed the Empire State Trail will be the largest multi-use trail in the nation. The Livingston Avenue Bridge is without question the most critical link in this proposed trail system.

  2 comments for “Weigh in on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail – proposed trail connecting Rensselaer & Hudson  

  1. Steven Ratcliffe
    August 11, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I’ve lived with the trail in my back yard for 25 years. It is less than60 feet from our house. During this time, motorcycles,4 wheeler, and snowmobiles , ride this trail , day and night. Many of these travel at excessive speeds,and are loud. I wonder , whom will try to keep thes vehicles from using this trail? It won’t be plowed in the winter, and the sleds will be able to travel even faster .

    • Martin Daley
      December 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Steven,

      Sorry to hear that that trespassing and abuse of the corridor has been troublesome. During the development of the Albany County Rail Trail this ongoing illegal use was a concern there to. The fact was that because they knew that no one was there to witness and apprehend the trespassers they had free reign over the corridor. Agencies that could have intervened to curb the trespassing had little to no access to intervene. Since the opening of the trail the illegal use has stopped. One, because people will encounter it and curb it. Two, because the trail was constructed to allow police and emergency access. Finally there’s no better crime prevention tool than eyes on the street. In surveys of thousands of miles of trails across the US, researchers have found that crime is no greater post trail than pre – in fact, for the vast majority of trails the corridor becomes safer because of the improvements. Granted, a trail in a rough part of town is liklely to have unseedy activity, because of it’s proximity – it’s not the trail itself per se that leads to the crime. However, the trail is no longer a safe haven, hidden from view. Criminals do not like to be seen. They also do not like to be caught. With appropriate use, and good design, trails can provide substantial benefits to their neighbors. I’m happy to post links to the studies if you like. Best – Martin

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