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The New York state Department of Transportation has broken ground on a rail-trail project in the Adirondacks.

Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County Secure Rail Corridor

Dec 12, 2019
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson and Dutchess County have acquired a rail corridor that will enable the creation of a trail in Poughkeepsie, linking the city and town.

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New York state agencies are revising a plan to create a rail-to-trail corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. It was expected to be presented at the Adirondack Park Agency’s October meeting but staff informed board members that it was not yet ready.

Next year, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from Amenia to Copake Falls without dealing with traffic or detours.

The final stage of construction on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will connect the two segments of the former Harlem Valley rail line turned hiking and biking trail.

The eight-mile segment, the construction of which began last month, will create one continuous, 23-mile trail. The newest segment will begin begin at Main Street on Route 44 in Millerton and end at Under Mountain Road in the Town of Ancram.

Tree clearing to begin the project is underway, with October 2020 slated as the estimated date of completion. The total trail will begin at the Wassaic Train Station in Amenia and end at the Copake Falls area of Taconic State Park in Columbia County. Dick Hermans is the Chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association.


     The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has drafted a bicycle transportation plan and is asking for public comment on it.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Ulster County Legislature Tuesday night voted to approve funding for the construction of the Ashokan Rail Trail. The county executive and trail enthusiasts have been working toward this for years. Opponents lament the project’s approval and say legal battles may not be over.

Federal Board Rules On Ulster Rail Line

Jul 5, 2018
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An independent federal board has ruled in favor of Ulster County concerning the status of a rail corridor. The railway group that first filed the petition says the fight is not over.

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There’s a new development in the controversial plan to develop a recreational trail near the Ashokan Reservoir.

Courtesy of Ulster County

A railway group has filed a petition with a federal transportation board to stop rail removal near the Ashokan Reservoir. The nonprofit questions whether Ulster County is acting within federal railroad regulations in pulling up rail for a recreational trail. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

NY Bike And Pedestrian Projects Receive Funding

Oct 28, 2014
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Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced about $70 million in funding for 68 bicycle and pedestrian projects in New York, some of which is headed to the Hudson Valley.

  The Harlem Valley Rail Trail’s mission is to have a 46-mile trail from the Metro North station in Wassaic all the way to Chatham. Our friends of the trail organization, HVRTA, has worked since the mid-80's to keep Dutchess County and NYS focused on the project, with mixed success. Several years ago, HVRTA purchased 14 miles of rail bed and donated it to the state.

Currently there are four significant developments moving the trail forward and Dick Hermans – Chairman of the HVRTA join us this morning with and an update.