Update 10/21/2019 – Assemblymember Didi Barret wrote a letter to Ron Epstein, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Transportation, strongly objecting to the installation of gates to reduce access to the Hudson River shoreline.

Update 7/9/2019 – A meeting was held in Hudson, including Matt Murell, Chairman of the Board of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, Robert Beaury, Germantown Supervisor, Jeff Anzevino of Scenic Hudson, and officials from Amtrak. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Amtrak’s plan for fences and gates in the Empire Corridor in Columbia and Dutchess counties. Amtrak displayed some flexibility with regard to considering fence styles and sizes. Amtrak also agreed to hold meetings for public input, and there will meetings between elected officials and NY state agencies. Amtrak doesn’t expect work to commence prior to 2020.

Update 6/14/2019 – A meeting between NY Department of State, NY Department of Transportation and local elected officials scheduled for June 14 was canceled at the last minute by the state officials. The meeting was going to focus on Amtrak’s plans to install fences and gates along the Hudson River corridor in Stuyvesant, Stockport and Germantown, with an emphasis on alternatives that would balance access to the waterfront and safety along the tracks. Germantown Supervisor Rob Beaury noted that despite Amtrak’s press release on January 18, 2019 pledging to work with towns “along the corridor in an effort to formulate the appropriate plan,” it has not indicated a willingness to meet with local officials to achieve that goal.

Update 4/29/2019 – The New York Department of Transportation has reached out to Germantown Supervisor Robert Beaury to schedule public meetings on a revised Amtrak plan to install gates and fences. Very little else is known, but we will keep you informed as we find out more.

Brief Summary (3/2018 through 1/2019)

In early March of 2018 it was revealed that Amtrak was planning fences and gates along the tracks in Dutchess and Columbia counties (New York State) in order to restrict access to the Hudson River shoreline. During the spring summer and fall of 2018 local opposition mounted, and on Jan 18, 2019, Amtrak announced that the plan was being withdrawn.

Amtrak has stated that the plan is being revised and that they will continue to work with the affected communities.

All of the key documents can be found on this site, using the menus and sidebar links, together with a detailed narrative of the events starting in March of 2018.