Public Input Encouraged for Amtrak Fence Installation Proposal

Dear Friends,

Recently, Amtrak proposed installing fencing along its Right of Way (ROW) in the Towns of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Village of Tivoli along the Hudson River. The fence and gates are meant to keep pedestrians and vehicles out of harm’s way from passing trains, according to Amtrak. You can read the Public Notice online.

The Hudson River is an essential part of the region’s heritage and is certainly part of what makes this county “Distinctly Dutchess.” Since the passage of the Clean Water Act and the advent of the environmental movement in the Hudson Valley, the river has made a tremendous comeback and riverfront communities are now looking to the renewed river with waterfront development plans and increased access opportunities driving private and public investments. 

While we understand the safety intent and purpose of the proposed project, there has not been adequate time or information given to the communities to evaluate the affect the proposed locations will have on access to the river. However, I am pleased to share the New York State Department of State has extended its public comment period on this issue until May 1, 2018.

I have joined Scenic Hudson and expressed my concern regarding this proposal and called for a meeting for key stakeholders to discuss the proposed locations of fences and gates. Read my letter to the Department of State online.

Comments must be filed, in writing, no later than 4:30 p.m., on May 1st. Address them to the New York State Department of State, Office of Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12231. Or send your comments via fax (518) 473-2464 or email cr@dos.ny.gov.

Marc Molinaro