Support restoration of bike & ped. access on the Livingston Ave. Bridge.
  • Petitioned Amtrack, CSX, The New York State Department of Transportation, & The Federal Rail Administration

This petition was delivered to:

Amtrack, CSX, The New York State Department of Transportation, & The Federal Rail Administration
Amtrak
Amtrak
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
New York-20
Rep. Paul Tonko
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York-21
Rep. Bill Owens
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York-044
State Sen. Neil Breslin
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer

Support restoration of bike & ped. access on the Livingston Ave. Bridge.

    1. Martin Daley
    2. Petition by

      Martin Daley

      Albany, NY

The Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge, between the cities of Albany & Rensselaer, NY is slated to be completely reconstructed as part of New York State's High Speed Rail initiative. The bridge's replacement is undergoing design by the New York State Department of Transportation. For nearly a century a walkway on the bridge made it possible to safely cross the Hudson River. The reconstruction of the bridge's existing walkway should be a priority for the new design.

Communities on both sides of the Hudson have expressed their desire for a rebuilt walkway. The cites of Albany & Rensselaer, as well as Albany & Rensselaer Counties have passed resolutions in support. Plans dating well over a decade identify the bridge as an important, low cost, and accessible way for cyclists & pedestrians to cross the Hudson. Ultimately, the gatekeepers for this project are agency officials at the NYS Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Rail Administration, & AMTRAK. Thus, we will need to encourage our State and Congressional representatives to support the walkway. By adding your name to this petition, you are reminding our representatives that this critical link in the Capital Region's transportation network should be built to a 21-century standard that once again provides access for non-motorized transportation.

The Livingston Avenue Bridge Coalition (LABC) is working to build broad-based support that will send a strong message, encouraging decision makers that bike & pedestrian accommodations should be constructed on this critical link. More about us can be found at www.livingstonavebridge.com

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We continue to make progress, but there's much to be done.

      Martin Daley
      Petition Organizer

      On May 7, New York State Senator Charles Schumer joined us in Albany to pledge his support for the Livingston Avenue Bridge Walkway. Here's an excerpt from the Senator's speech:

      “Failing to include a pedestrian component in this bridge would be shortsighted, and we can’t make that mistake. That’s why I’m urging everyone from CSX to Amtrak to NYSDOT to climb aboard with this plan, so that every design going forward will link up the biking and walking paths on both sides of the scenic Hudson.”

      We have another coalition member to thank for joining - the Stakeholder's Institute. Stakeholders works to increase community involvement by creating opportunities for adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to excel as volunteer and philanthropic leaders.

      The Albany Times Union published a great opinion piece, supporting the re-establishment of the walkway on the new Livingston Avenue Bridge.

      Read more at http://www.ptny.org/advocacy/LivingstonAve/

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. How can you show others you support the Livingston Avenue Bridge Walkway

      Martin Daley
      Petition Organizer

      It's easy! We just developed a new poster that can easily be printed and hung up to gather more support. Check it out, print it, and hang it where people will be able to see it. It's that easy!

    4. Great things happening with the Livingston Avenue Bridge walkway

      Martin Daley
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU.

      Thank you for speaking up & supporting this important bike & pedestrian link. Once constructed, the Livingston Avenue Walkway will be a safe, accessible, & attractive way for residents, commuters, & visitors to cross the Hudson River.

      Each day there continues to be something contributing towards what advocates hope will be an eventual success. The City of Rensselaer passed a resolution of support on March 7. AMTRAK & CSX have just about reached an agreement that will give AMTRAK control of the rail corridor between Schenectady & Poughkeepsie. On March 16, Schenectady's Daily Gazette featured an article about the walkway effort.

      As we continue to work towards educating our local, state, & federal representatives on the benefits of this walkway, there are three easy ways that you can help.

      1.Support the effort to restore bike & pedestrian access on the LAB by encouraging others to sign this petition
      2. Like on Facebook & follow us on Twitter
      3. Spread the word!

    5. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Earl Belcher ALBANY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      That the Bridge is restore because it's a part of our history and we should always save our history.!

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    • Orsen Buggy ALBANY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      Bike Path

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    • Frederic Hellwitz ALBANY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      You have no doubt received more eloquent petitions than mine but I would like to add my name to those who have already petitioned you to consider how such a crossing would greatly enhance the "livability" for bike riders and others, of our community.

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    • Rod MacDonald ALBANY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      I bike everywhere and could really use easy access over the river.

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    • Leif Engstrom ALBANY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      Safe pedestrian and bike crossings of the Hudson River are rare sorely needed.

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