Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ear to the Ground

Last summer, Amtrak's plan to stabilize the escarpment below Promenade Hill by stripping it of foliage and coating it with shotcrete, in the interest of safety for equipment, schedules, and passengers, took us by surprise. This year, Amtrak has another plan with safety as its justification.

Gossips has learned the Amtrak wants to install fencing along the Hudson River to prevent people from accessing the river using the railroad right of way. The plan involves multiple sites from Rhinebeck to Stuyvesant. The sites include Rhinecliff, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, Germantown, Stockport, and Stuyvesant. Because the municipalities of two of the sites involved--Rhinebeck and Tivoli--have their Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRPs) in place, the proposal is subject to a coastal consistency review by the New York State Department of State.    

Seeking more information about what's proposed, I contacted Matthew Maraglio, Coastal Resources Specialist 1 at the DOS, asking not only for details about the proposal but also for information about a public comment period. He responded promptly, informing me that there would be a two-week public comment period, from March 14 through March 28, and that on March 14 the information submitted by Amtrak to the DOS would be available at the DOS website.  

That's all I know at the moment. I will keep you posted as I learn more.


  1. So now a limping Amtrak wants to own the Hudson River siting "safety" as the reason? Really? Maybe Amtrak needs to focus on their own infrastructure for "safety" first !!!

  2. What would a fence do anyways? Won't stop us from fishing or camping at our favorite spots. Yall just wasting money that could be spent on the actual safety of your trains. But hey I'm just a dude what do I know.