A proposed scenic and recreational trail along the former Ulster and Delaware (U&D) rail corridor from Kingston along the Ashokan Reservoir to Belleayre ski center. It will ultimately link the Walkway over the Hudson to the Catskill Park, through a rail-trail hub in Kingston. Project objectives: Create a beautiful and safe linear park Open to[…]
For recreational, economic, and health benefits as well as alternative transportation options and land use protection. Recreational benefits: The rail trail will offer free, safe, year-round opportunities for walkers, runners, cyclists, roller-bladers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, dog owners, equestrians, etc, of all ages, skill levels and abilities, to experience the scenic beauty of Catskill Park and[…]
Though the existing rail trails in Ulster County are already providing real benefits to residents and visitors in the region (see below): Longer trails attract more visitors, greater usage and create destination tourism. Expanding and improving linkages between the trails in our region will cause Ulster County to emerge as a leading rail trail destination.[…]
You do, if you pay taxes in Ulster County The U&D corridor is tax-payer owned throughout Ulster County. Penn Central Railroad decommissioned the line in the mid-1970s. In 1979, Ulster County purchased 38.6 miles of the corridor – from the City of Kingston to Delaware County line.
YES, along approximately 4.4 of the 40 miles Ulster County signed a 25-year lease with Catskill Mountain Railroad Company (CMRRC) inc. in 1991 for tourism railroad operations. CMRRC inc. is a for-profit, part-time, tourist railroad that operates on a 2.5 mile segment of the track between Phoenicia and Boiceville, and a 1.9 mile segment in[…]
YES In a segmented approach, with the railroad continuing their current operations on the 6-7 mile segment between Phoenicia and Boiceville, where the Catskill Mountain Railroad has three quarters of its current annual ridership.
Ulster County Planning Department performed an engineering study that showed that the corridor is too narrow to house both rail and trail in many places and in others would require the trail to cover difficult and steep terrain. This study was independently reviewed by the National Parks Department and New York Parks and Trails. Rail-with-trail[…]
NO Destruction of bridges and right-of-way by storms etc. have already made restoration of service impossible to achieve. Repairing this damage would cost tens of millions of dollars By “rail-banking” the corridor it would be possible for it to be used as a rail line in the future, after upgrades are made to the bridges[…]
NO The CMRR has not brought economic benefits after 30 years of operations. Its annual ridership is relatively low with 12,225 riders in CMRR’s peak year. Ulster County taxpayers invested in the purchase of this corridor ($1.5 million in 1979). In 30 years of operation CMRR has paid a total of only $34,000 back to[…]
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