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.
An ambitious redevelopment project on the Rensselaer’s waterfront will have significant positive impact for the City of Rensselaer and recreation along the Hudson. U.W. Marx, the developer, is fully supportive of the walkway. Read an article here about the groundbreaking (spoiler alert, the promenade is under construction now)
The city of Albany is investing millions to upgrade to Corning Preserve waterfront park — including bike path improvements/ Visit the project website and read press here.

We continue to hear enthusiastic support from the Capital Region community. A big thanks to the Albany Rowing Center for a glowing letter of support for the Livingston Avenue Bridge.

Given the planning and dedication of millions of dollars towards bike and pedestrian infrastructure for the Hudson waterfront immediately south of the Livingston Avenue Bridge, isn’t the restoration of bike and pedestrian access to the bridge a NO-BRAINER?

Press coverage

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.

Check out this article about the Livingston Avenue Bridge and the movement to get a walkway added to the bridge should it be reconstructed. (Courtesy Daily Gazette)

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.

  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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