Hudson River Access

Safely connecting communities to river fronts and providing access to nature

Village of Tivoli’s undeveloped municipal riverfront park. Can this at-grade crossing be maintained? Or will the railroad require a costly and visually intrusive overpass that would prevent kayak access?

What’s the plan?

For generations people have visited the Hudson River shoreline for sustenance, renewal, and recreation. Public access to the river also plays a vital role in creating economically vibrant communities. So while the railroad is an important part of the Hudson Valley’s infrastructure, providing safe ways to cross the tracks is critical to sustaining the benefits people enjoy from river access.

In 2018, Amtrak announced its intention to deny this access by constructing 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 its entire Empire Corridor.

What’s at stake?

The proposed barriers, some up to eight feet tall, 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 partnered with riverfront communities to host a series of well-attended informational forums about Amtrak’s plans. We also commissioned and contributed to the creation of multiple studies that suggest viable alternatives:

How can I get involved?

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Stay tuned for details about an upcoming webinar all about shoreline access on August 26, 2021.


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