Hudson River Amtrak Fences

Fighting a proposal to erect fencing at locations along the train tracks that would eliminate public access to the Hudson River in many communities.

Amtrak train crossing

What’s the plan?

In 2018, Amtrak announced its intention to construct 8,200 feet of fencing and locked barriers at locations along the tracks between Rhinecliff and Stuyvesant.

In January 2019, Amtrak withdrew its plan after an outcry from local officials and citizens in a dozen riverfront communities. The New York State Departments of State and Transportation also helped Amtrak reach this decision.

However, the rail carrier intends to reconsider the fencing proposal as part of a comprehensive five-year safety strategy along the entire Empire Corridor — the train line that stretches from Niagara Falls to New York City.

The proposed eight-foot-tall barriers would:

  • Disconnect communities from their waterfront.
  • Eliminate public river access at sites long cherished for fishing, boating, swimming and duck hunting.
  • Mar outstanding river views in many places.
  • Prevent economic development and tourism opportunities along the river.

Scenic Hudson commissioned a report: At-Grade Passenger Rail Pedestrian & Trail Crossings, Empire Corridor. It offers successful and viable alternatives to gates and fences that would enhance rail safety and allow public river access.

How can I get involved?

Amtrak says it “will continue to work with the affected communities, town officials and state agencies on formatting the revised plan,” and that it will host public informational meetings prior to formulating it.

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