The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service throughout the United States (and nine cities in Canada). Though Amtrak mainly deals with transport, they also focus on safety.
The U.S. fencing market is projected to reach $11.5 billion by 2024. According to Hudson Valley 360, Amtrak originally proposed a plan to install 8,000 feet of fencing along the Amtrak railway, running from Albany to New York City, citing safety concerns for pedestrians. However, in order to allow more time for revisions, Amtrak has withdrawn its application to install the safety fencing along the Hudson River.
The fencing project was proposed in Rhinebeck and Tivoli in Dutchess County and Stockport and Stuyvesant in Columbia County. If the original proposal is approved by the Department of State, these towns in both Dutchess and Columbia counties would undergo restrictions when it comes to accessing the Hudson River waterfront. Though these restrictions could prevent water-related injuries, it could severely impact communities that count on the Hudson River as an economic asset.
“At Amtrak, the safe operation of service for our customers, employees and the public is top priority,” stated an Amtrak spokesperson. “We will continue to work towards providing the safest, reliable and most efficient passenger rail service along the Hudson Line.”
Amtrak’s plans will now be reviewed in conjunction with a five-year-corridor plan to improve safety along the company’s Empire Service Hudson Line.
The Germantown Waterfront Advisory Committee meets every month and plans on spreading awareness about the importance of waterfront access. Additionally, the committee plans on reaching out to state assemblywoman Did Barrett, D-106 and state Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-43, who were both already looking at New York State laws encouraging a rails-with-trails system, which provides safe transportation networks for both bicyclists and pedestrians along the railroad tracks.