The Kingston Land Trust and the KLT Rail Trail Committee Chooses Engineering Firm to Perform a Study of the Proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail.

The Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee chooses engineering firm to perform a study of the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail.  ALTA Planning and Design were selected through competitive bidding process and will begin their work in May. 

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee is pleased to announce the selection of ALTA Planning & Design to perform an engineering study of the the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail, a 1.5 mile stretch of un-used former Ulster and Delaware rail bed extending from Midtown, Kingston to the Rondout waterfront as a shared use trail.   

Selected after a competitive bidding process, the firm will perform six thorough tasks on the proposed Kingston Point Rail Trail to begin in May that include a project kick off, engineering and environmental assessment, draft Kingston Point Rail Trail corridor plan, implementation plan, public involvement and a master plan of the rail bed for the Kingston Land Trust, the KLT Rail Trail Committee and its partners to utilize. 

“This study represents an exciting step toward the creation of a multi-use trail linking the Rondout and Mid-Town,” explains Tim Weidemann, Kingston Land Trust director and member of the Rail Trail Committee. “ALTA has been involved in similar studies locally, nationally and even internationally, including the Walkway Over the Hudson. They share our Committee’s conviction that trails add to the health and vitality of a community, so we’re eager to tap into their experience and knowledge. The study will help us understand how we can transform the vacant rail bed into a vibrant recreation asset that benefits the entire community.”

Funding for this project was awarded to the Kingston Land Trust by the City of Kingston through the Community Development Block Grant in support of the completion of an engineering study for converting the 1.5 mile ROW into a shared-use trail. In addition, the KLT used these funds as a match to secure funding from Hudson River Valley Greenway. In total, the KLT has secured $20,000.00 to allocate toward the development of an engineering and environmental assessment for the Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT). 

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin at 845/750-7295 or email: kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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About the Kingston Land Trust – The Kingston Land Trust (the KLT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston.

About the KLT Rail Trail Committee – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee (RTC) is a committee of the Kingston Land Trust, composed of KLT Board Members, city residents and other important stakeholders dedicated to planning, developing, utilizing, and properly maintaining rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. The Committee’s guiding vision is that the people of the City of Kingston will benefit from a network of trails, bike paths, and complete streets that connect rail trails from the Wallkill Valley, Rondout Valley, Catskill Mountains and Rondout Waterfront/Kingston Point to a Midtown Hub along the Broadway Corridor creating more opportunities for residents, families and visitors to connect with places in the city that are special to them and to interact with nature.

About Alta Planning & Design – Alta Planning & Design was formed in 1996 with the specific goal of offering the best possible services in the areas of sustainable transportation and recreation. Today, Alta has over 60 staff in 14 offices nationwide and an international workload. On any given day, most staff walk, bike, or take transit to work. They are committed to transforming communities, one trip at a time, one step at a time, and one street, path, intersection, and park at a time.

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