Ulster County Legislature Needs to Hear from YOU!
The Economic Development and Finance Committee has put forth a bi-partisan resolution (Resolution 275) that would clarify the legislature’s policy with regard to the long-debated Rail and Trail proposals. According to the resolution, the County would “support a segmented rail with trail plan to convert the U&D corridor to a rail trail only in the segment between Kingston and Boiceville,” while continuing a tourist railroad operation west of the Ashokan reservoir.
This resolution puts the County Legislature’s position in alignment with the County Executive’s proposal and we are calling on all trail supporters throughout the County to speak up in favor of Resolution 275. This is a crucial moment, where the common-sense compromise solution – a segmented Rail and Trail approach – can finally be adopted. Despite the CMRR’s best intentions, the best option for the corridor is a trail from Kingston to Boiceville and a tourist train west of Boiceville to Phoenicia.
There are currently six bipartisan cosponsors of Resolution 275: Lynne Archer, Mary Beth Maio, Craig Lopez, Ken Wishnick, Jeanette Provenzano & Woodsock’s Don Gregorius.
Please call your County Legislator to tell them you support Resolution 275, which presents a win-win compromise that preserves a scenic tourist train while opening up the U&D railroad corridor for free, active use by all!
KINGSTON-AREA TRAIL GROUPS HOST PRESENTATION BY CRAIG DELLA PENNA
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Mike Hein and DEP announce an historic partnership to build Ashokan Rail Trail:
The County Executive was joined by NYC DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland for the announcement which establishes a framework between Ulster County and DEP to facilitate and fund (with 2.5 million dollars) the conversion of a portion of the County-owned Ulster & Delaware Railroad (U&D) corridor into a multi-use recreational rail trail open for public use year round without permits or fees. Additionally, this concept is designed to concentrate and strengthen the historic railroad experience west of the Ashokan.
Click here for Ulster County’s full Press Release
Click here for Friends of the CMRT’s full Press Release.
Let’s make connections on the corridor!
Join us in supporting the transformation of the 38.6 mile, county owned, Ulster & Delaware rail corridor, running from Kingston to Belleayre Ski Center into a premier multi-use recreational trail – the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail (CMRT).
Once complete you will be able to hike, bike, rollerblade, ski… your way from downtown Kingston, along the Ashokan Reservoir to Boiceville. Once in Boiceville, you can hop on a scenic tourist rail road for a 6 mile ride. This will connect to another beautiful trail section from Phonecia, all the way to the Belleayre Ski Center.
This connected segmented approach is a win-win for trail and train enthusiasts!
A study completed by Camoin Associates in 2013 showed that there will be about 140,000 visitors a year to the trail, and roughly $3.1 million in direct and indirect spending.
The best way to show your support for this multi-use trail is by signing our petition to Ulster County legislators.
By connecting to other rail trails in Ulster County and beyond, the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail represents the vital link in a unified trail network extending westward from the Walkway over the Hudson. This long and interconnecting trail network will enhance quality of life, including recreational and non-motorized transportation opportunities for Ulster County residents, while jumpstarting the expansion of a world-class tourist destination that will turbo-charge the county’s sustainable economic development and promote new job creation.
The Catskill Mountain Rail-Trail will provide a much-needed connection between neighborhoods in the City of Kingston and open spaces and scenic vistas in the Catskills, significantly expanding recreational opportunities for families with low and moderate incomes and people with disabilities.
This visionary proposal, long-supported by the Ulster County Legislature was recently advocated by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein in his 2013 Budget Plan. The plan has attracted support from Governor Andrew Cuomo – who included $2 Million from the state in his 2013 budget to initiate work – and from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.