Office of the Albany County Executive

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?

  • When will work start?

  • Why not improve and open the trail section by section?

  • Now that the County owns the property, is it ok for the public to begin using the trail for walking, jogging and biking?

  • 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?

  • What opportunities for public input and participation will there be as the project moves forward?

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