Amtrak cites safety concerns as justification for the fences that will block access to miles of the Hudson River shoreline, but there is some evidence that such a barrier could actually decrease safety.
On Saturday, December 15, the Town of Rhinebeck and the Town of Germantown will join with Scenic Hudson to explore the question of how both rail safety and river access might be increased. The Forum for Balancing Rail Safety and Public Access, hosted by the Germantown Waterfront Committee, takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Kellner Activity Building, 54 Palatine Park Road, in Germantown. The announcement of the event describes it in this way:
We will be finding examples from other railroad shorelines around the country and invite you to do the same or think entirely out of the box. There will be panel discussion, a mapping exercise, presentations on pedestrian crossings and "Rail with Trails" and plenty of time for questions, answers, and community discussion.The Amtrak proposal and more information about the event can be found at Gatesgate.org. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30, and people are encouraged to come early to "mix and mingle." Those planning attend are asked to RSVP here.
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