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

ALERT: Community meetings will take place for public input in early January 2020. See below.

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?

Scenic Hudson has commissioned a study — the first in 30 years — to document where people connect with the river for recreation and to recommend additional locations for safe shoreline access.

Your input is critical. Attend one of these community meetings and let us know where and how you use the river and suggest additional sites where access would enhance your enjoyment. You don’t have to live in these communities to participate — you’re welcome to attend any or all meetings.

Castleton-on-Hudson (Rensselaer County)

Friday, January 3
7-8:30 p.m.
Fire Department Community Room
11 Green Ave.

Germantown (Columbia County)

Saturday, January 4
10:30 a.m.-noon
Kellner Activity Center
50 Palatine Park Road

Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)

Saturday, January 4
3-4:30 p.m.
Town Hall
80 East Market St.

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