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 poses prohibitive issues:
- Dramatically increases cost of project by requiring extensive engineering, clearing and construction
- Creates conflicts with adjacent homes and businesses, since in many areas the trail would need to be widened into their land
- Poses significant safety and liability issues as it causes the trail to cross the rail in places and forces the trail onto streets in others
- Undermines the quality of the trail & decreases the recreational uses and attractiveness of trail, especially for people with disabilities.
- Jeopardizes needed funding and agreements with outside stakeholders (e.g., NYC DEP)