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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

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

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

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

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

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

  • How much did the acquisition cost County taxpayers?

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

  • 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 is Railbanking?

  • What type of surface will the rail trail have?

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

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

  • When did the County acquire the rail corridor?

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

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

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

  • Will any particular uses be prohibited?

  • Will the rail trail be accessible to handicapped users?

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

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