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Fishing- In The New York Hudson Valley Area => HUDSON RIVER STRIPER FISHING => Topic started by: GrizG on October 04, 2018, 02:34:38 PM

Title: AMTRAK fencing proposal in the news again -- Germantown
Post by: GrizG on October 04, 2018, 02:34:38 PM
https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/germantown-disputes-need-for-amtrak-to-limit-river-access-along/article_1a6a4426-c7eb-11e8-bab1-37833b354865.html

GERMANTOWN, N.Y. — The town Waterfront Advisory Committee says a report by Amtrak shows railroad officials have overstated the need to limit access to the Hudson River near the tracks used by the railroad.

The committee released the report, which it obtained through a Freedom of Information request, on Wednesday and said it showed that 19 incidents along the tracks over an 8½-year period were largely unrelated to access from areas where barriers are proposed.

“Two of the right-of-way incidents were fatalities, though neither clearly involved trespassing on the right-of-way,” the committee wrote in an accompanying press release. “One fatality was an Amtrak maintenance worker who was struck by a train, while the other victim was found dead near the tracks with injuries consistent with falling or jumping from a freight train.”

The committee further said five incidents were not in areas that would be impacted by constructing fences or gates.

“During striped bass [fishing] season, there are often anglers along the tracks in vehicles, yet only one incident mentioned a vehicle, and it was in March, [which is] earlier than striped bass season,” the committee said.

Amtrak officials were immediately available for comment.

Amtrak parent company National Railroad Passenger Corp., in an application being reviewed by the state Department of State, says the gates and/or fences will prevent a “train [collision] with either a vehicle or human being” without restricting authorized access points to the river.

“This fencing initiative will be a beneficial activity as it will deter pedestrian and vehicular traffic from crossing ... where there is no advanced train warning systems and trains travel in excess of 90 mph," the railroad said.

In Germantown, the Amtrak proposal calls for 125 feet of fencing to prevent vehicles from entering an access road at the boat launch; 700 feet of fencing along the tracks at the nearby town park; and 245 feet of fencing at Cheviot Road.

The railroad also is proposing fencing near the tracks in Rhinecliff (at the south end of the train station parking lot), Rhinebeck (on Slate Dock Road, near the water treatment plant), Tivoli (at the rail maintenance road), and Stuyvesant and Stockport.
Title: Re: AMTRAK fencing proposal in the news again -- Town of Rhinebeck
Post by: GrizG on October 17, 2018, 02:40:43 PM
Town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County now...

https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/town-of-rhinebeck-presses-ny-state-to-reject-amtrak-s/article_21fd4bc6-d221-11e8-889d-dbc00e14cb74.html

RHINEBECK, N.Y. – The town is asking the state to reject Amtrak's request to erect fences and gates along the railroad tracks at some of the most popular Hudson River access points.

The Town Board approved a resolution Tuesday allowing the town to send a letter to the state that contends there has been an ongoing effort by Amtrak and the state to keep local residents from accessing the river.

“The village of Castleton-on-Hudson has already lost access to its only riverfront park,” the letter to New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado reads. “In 2012, NYS DOT (the state Department of Transportation) tried to close the grade crossing at Ferry Road in Stuyvesant. Hyde Park has recently reported that it is grappling with unsafe ‘orphan bridges’ across the railroad.”

In Dutchess County, Amtrak's plan calls for gates and/or fences in Rhinebeck, on Slate Dock Road near the water treatment plant; and in Rhinecliff, at the south end of the train station parking lot; and in Tivoli, preventing access to a railroad maintenance road.

In the Columbia County town of Germantown, there would be a fence preventing vehicles from entering an access road near a boat launch, though the launch itself would remain accessible; fencing along the tracks at the town park; and fencing at Cheviot Road, both the north of a railroad crossing and preventing the use of an access road to the south.

Other sites in Columbia County where gates and/or fencing are proposed include Stuyvesant and Stockport.

Amtrak parent company National Railroad Passenger Corp., in an application being reviewed by the state Department of State, says the fence and gate project will prevent a “train [collision] with either a vehicle or human being” without restricting authorized river access points.

“This fencing initiative will be a beneficial activity as it will deter pedestrian and vehicular traffic from crossing ... where there is no advanced train warning systems and trains travel in excess of 90 mph,” the application states.
Title: Re: AMTRAK fencing proposal in the news again -- Germantown
Post by: walkabout on October 17, 2018, 03:56:58 PM
Glad together we made some noise. lets hope her letter helps.. thanks.
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