Rector recounted that at the meeting new copies of the proposal for fencing were distributed. They contained that same unclear renderings of the sites in Rhinebeck, Rhinecliff, Tivoli, Germantown, Stockport, and Stuyvesant that have been available since January, but something new had been added: a map showing where fences and one gate would be installed in Hudson. That map is reproduced below. Interestingly, although the key indicates that red lines represent the proposed fences and the dark blue line represents the proposed gate location, the map is in black and white.
Rector protested the apparent last-minute addition of Hudson to the proposal, discovered only days before the end of the public comment period. He requested an extension of the public comment period and a public hearing in Hudson. Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who was also at the meeting, told Amtrak officials about the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) and the public investment being made in the very area where the fences are being proposed--something of which they had no knowledge. They seemed only to want to talk about about the harrowing challenges of keeping people off the tracks on Flag Day.
Last week's meeting ended with confusion. Had Hudson, without anyone's knowledge, been added to the fencing proposal in the eleventh hour? Was Hudson where the missing mile of fencing was going to go? (The proposal released in January speaks of 8,200 linear feet of fencing, yet, as the Germantown Waterfront Advisory Committee discovered, only 2,270 linear feet are accounted for on the maps.)
|The fencing being proposed--photograph from original proposal|
In the next few weeks, Amtrak will be doing some work around the train station. It involves crosswalks and approaches to the trains and is part of a nationwide program to achieve ADA compliance. Our previous mayor, Tiffany Martin Hamilton signed off on the work last year.
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