Kingston has always been a vital transportation hub, first as a stop along America’s original superhighway – the Hudson River – and later via a network of railroads that converged in midtown. The Ulster & Delaware Railroad, from Kingston Point to the Catskills and beyond; the Wallkill Valley Railroad, connecting the valley’s rich farmland to important markets in New York City; and the Ontario & Western Railroad, an important rural route for tourists and coal – all of these now present opportunities to create a new transportation system for a new era.
The Kingston Greenline is a vision for a network of urban trails, bikeways, water-trails, walkable sidewalks and complete streets that provides residents and visitors a healthy, fun and sustainable way to connect with our City’s rich cultural, historical, commercial and recreational resources. The Greenline also serves as an important hub for the growing system of rail trails throughout Ulster County and beyond, eventually linking from the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley to New York City.If you believe in our vision for a healthier, more sustainable and more connected Kingston, please show your support by…
- Signing up for our email updates and announcements (use the form in the right panel of this page)
- Joining us on one of our Sunday Hikes (third Sundays, March – October, starting at the Kingston Wine Co, 65 Broadway at 9:30am)
- Contacting us to get involved in planning and coordinating future events
- Making a tax-deductible donation to the Kingston Land Trust
More about the Kingston Greenline vision…
The Greenline is made up of several important pieces. The “spine” of the envisioned network consists of key segments of important regional rail trails that enter the city: the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, the O&W Rail Trail (aka the D&H Canal Heritage Corridor, or the Hurley/Marbletown Rail Trail), the proposed Catskill Mountain Rail Trail, and the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail. The spine of the system will provide protected, non-motorized trails that traverse the city through a series of linear parks along the former rail beds.
Where gaps in the railroad corridors exist, and to provide linkages from the spine to the City’s diverse recreational, cultural, historical, and commercial offerings, we envision a more bike and pedestrian-friendly street network, incorporating protected bike lanes, “sharrows,” handicapped-accessible sidewalks and crossings, and “complete streets.” These feeders and connectors bring the Greenline into Kingston’s neighborhoods, connect residents with local parks, and help visitors navigate between trails and commercial areas.
Over time, we will partner with the City of Kingston and other organizations to build and maintain the Kingston Greenline. As part of that effort, we’re already conducting automated trail counts using TRAFx trail counters. These small devices collect simple counts of bikes and pedestrians on segments of the Kingston Greenline to provide a baseline for future comparison.
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For more information on the Kingston Greenline, visit www.KingstonGreenline.org, or the Friends of Kingston Rail Trails Facebook page via the links below.