Publicity and Support

Resolutions of Support: 

New York State Senator Charles Schumer joined us in Albany to pledge his support for the Livingston Avenue Bridge Walkway. Here’s an Except from the Senator’s speech:

“When the new bridge is built, we have a fresh chance to reconnect these two downtowns and funnel more visitors to key areas on both sides of the river. Failing to include a pedestrian component in this bridge would be shortsighted, and we can’t make that mistake. That’s why I’m urging everyone from CSX to Amtrak to NYSDOT to climb aboard with this plan, so that every design going forward will link up the biking and walking paths on both sides of the scenic Hudson.”

Great things are happening on the East and West banks of the Hudson River in the Capital Region.

Supporting Organizations


Press coverage

Budget includes record-breaking $32 billion for transportation infrastructure – In the Capital Region, a highlighted project is replacing the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge. The Livingston Avenue railroad bridge provides a critical link for passenger rail service from the Northeast Corridor to Albany-Rensselaer. This new transportation plan includes up to $400 million to replace the existing, Civil War-era bridge with a new, modern structure capable of supporting higher-speed passenger rail, freight rail, maritime transport, and bicycle-pedestrian access…. – WRGB

Most Capital Region legislators find at least one thing to like in Hochul speech –   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…. – Schenectady Gazette.

Advocates say time is now for Albany bridge rehab – Advocates hope a critical crossing over the Hudson River in Albany will receive a needed upgrade after the passage of the bipartisan federal infrastructure law. – Albany Times Union

Schumer to Amtrak: Use federal windfall to fix key Albany train bridge – Amtrak getting $16 billion to upgrade national network, including 120-year-old Livingston Avenue bridge – Albany Times Union

Schumer pushes infrastructure plan – Schenectady Gazette article on the Senator’s Federal Infrastructure Plan that would include federal funding for the Livingston Ave. Bridge, among other critical projects

Albany Skyway Plan Moves Forward – WAMC coverage of the Albany Skyway, a “highline” for Albany that could serve as the Western approach to the Livingston Ave. Bridge shared use path.

Please tip your Gondolier – Casey Seiler, Albany Times Union, discusses the merits of restoring bike and pedestrian access across the Hudson River via the Livingston Avenue Bridge.

Full Speed Ahead For Area Bike/Hike Trail – WAMC coverage of the proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail featured a nod to the Livingston Ave. Bridge.

City and State Magazine featured the Livingston Avenue Bridge as it’s “Centerfold” in an article about revitalizing Albany’s downtown and waterfront.

Our public meeting was featured on WNYT, News Channel 13. Watch video here.

Times Union Editorial Board opinion: Cycling is the way to go. Imagine a bridge across the Hudson River designed with cyclists in mind. A 21st-century bridge has to do more than accommodate trains… (Read more)

Metroland Weekly published an in-depth article about the Livingston Avenue Bridge and the advocacy effort underway to re-establish the walkway.

The Albany Times Union published a great opinion piece, supporting the re-establishment of the walkway on the new Livingston Avenue Bridge.

Check out this 2012 Schenectady Gazette article “New railroad bridge may be shared with hikers, bikers –  There’s only one way to bicycle or walk over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer.”

CSX, Amtrak urged to get on board with Livingston Avenue bridge replacement project – Troy Record

  2 comments for “Publicity and Support

  1. Paul Plaganis
    April 29, 2014 at 9:29 am

    How will Homeland Security issues be addressed on the Rensselaer side of the bridge? Where the current track alignment curves around the Amtrak shops. Simply can’t have anyone walking around this location. How is this make or break issue addressed?

  2. Martin Daley
    October 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    So glad you asked, Paul. Today the Amtrak facilities are largely unprotected. In fact, most of our national rail assets don’t have fences or security. What the walkway, and connector trail past the yard, could provide is an opportunity to not only help secure the facility, but put eyes on the street where illegal activity may be noticed much sooner. The City of Rensselaer, anticipating development along the waterfront has already secured easements from Amtrak, and the there are thousands of miles (please check out the background and research section of the website) of rail with trail facilities in the US to draw best management practices and physical barriers that bolster safety and security.

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