Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
Albany County
Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Office of the Albany County Executive
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 1200| Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7040| Fax: (518) 447-5589

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Rail Trail FAQs

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  • When did the County acquire the rail corridor?

  • How long has the County been trying to acquire this rail corridor?

  • What is Railbanking?

  • Is the County concerned that after all of its efforts to develop a rail trail, the corridor may be restored to active rail surface?

  • What was the final purchase price for the rail corridor?

  • How much did the acquisition cost County taxpayers?

  • How long is the total distance of the rail corridor?

  • Will all of the corridor be converted to rail trail?

  • Do you have a cost estimate for constructing the rail trail?

  • Why should the rail trail be saddled with the cost of bridge repair for vehicle transportation purposes?

  • How will the County pay for the construction of the rail trail?

  • How level or steep is the grade of the rail corridor?

  • Will the rail trail be linked to any other trail systems?

  • What type of surface will the rail trail have?

  • What types of uses will be allowed on the rail trail?

  • Will any particular uses be prohibited?

  • Will the rail trail be accessible to handicapped users?

  • Will the rail trail be plowed for use during the winter months?

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions that are not addressed in this FAQ or want to request additional information?

  • How can I use the Rail Trail for my event?

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
Please let us know your thoughts and concerns about the Slingerlands Trailhead project.Public comment period closes December 1, 2017.
Check out the presentations from the public meeting held on November 13, 2017 »
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