September 22, 2016 Meeting

September 22, 2016 Meeting

Welcome and introductions

  1. Bob Wills, Sr GIS Project Coordinator, Dutchess County Dept of Planning and Development.

Connecting Northern Dutchess: The Hucklebush Rail Corridor 

  • Bob Wills provided an introduction to the Hucklebush rail corridor. The Hucklebush corridor is a historic rail corridor that once connected rail traffic between the station at Rhinecliff, north into the Town of Red Hook and Milan, then west to the former rail line hub in Pine Plains. The corridor is a focus for Winnakee Land Trust’s current trail planning and feasibility effort. While the Hucklebush corridor over its entire length is now segmented into 161 privately owned parcels, the majority of the corridor remains undeveloped upon and, as such, presents a linear corridor with significant potential for arterial trail connection in northern Dutchess County. 
  1. Brit Basinger, Director – Landscape Architecture, The Chazen Companies

Intro to the Rhinebeck/Northern Dutchess Trail Feasibility Study 

  • Brit Basinger is the lead consultant hired by Winnakee Land Trust to conduct a trail planning and feasibility study focused upon trail connectivity within the Town of Rhinebeck and surrounding communities in northern Dutchess County. Brit introduced himself to the attendees of the Roundtable, and provided a brief overview of the trail planning effort, time-frame, and deliverables. Updates on the effort will be posted on Winnakee’s website and presented at the Trails Roundtable in December, and the finalized document presented in March. 
  1. Emily Dozier, Senior Planner, Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council

TAP Grants: How to and When to apply 

  • Emily Dozier is our resident expert on Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. Many are aware that TAP Grants are available for transportation focused projects, but unsure of the specifics around what type of projects are eligible for TAP funding, or what administering TAP funding entails. Emily provided a brief tutorial for the benefit of all considering applying for TAP funding. 
  1. Brenda Cagle, Red Hook Trail Committee

 Trail Plan complete, what’s next? 

  • Brenda Cagle is a former Town Board member and current Trail Committee member who has and continues to play a key role in the Town of Red Hook’s trail planning efforts. Brenda provided a quick overview of Red Hook’s Trail Plan process and shared how the Town of Red Hook is approaching plan implementation now that the Trail Plan is complete – **start with the low-hanging fruit, accomplish quick success projects, then carry momentum for the big vision! 
  1. Amy Kacala, Senior Planner, Scenic Hudson

MTA Request for Information – the Beacon Line AND an update on the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail 

  • Amy Kacala in her professional capacity is at the center of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail project and provided the Roundtable with project updates. The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail is a planned 7-mile shared use path that will ultimately connect the City of Beacon with the Village of Cold Spring to the south. Details and ongoing updates on the project can be seen  here: 
  • Amy also provided a brief update on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) specific to the Beacon Line rail corridor in southern Dutchess County. The MTA owns the inactive corridor that runs east/west between the Town of Fishkill and the Town of Pawling in southern Dutchess County. The MTA is aware that various parties have interest in utilizing the corridor and are interested to evaluate all expressions of interest. Details of the dates for the REOI are not yet announced. The intention was expressed to keep communities along the corridor informed of any REOI updates. 

      6. Local Project Updates, 2-min status reports

  • Dan Jeanson, Project Coordinator at Hudson River Valley Greenway, reminded us of the near-complete Gaps Analysis of the HRVG trail system, expected to be complete within the next month or so. Dan also provided an update to the HRVG grants program. There is currently $250,000 in HRVG grant money available for Hudson Valley Trails. The grants program is typically announced in the summer with a September due date. Details of the HRVG and its grant program can be seen here:
  • On October 4, 2016 there was a celebration of the Walkway over the Hudson as the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Network is inducted into the rail Trail Hall of Fame. Details of the event can be seen here:
  1. Upcoming Trails Roundtable Meetings

4PM – 5:30PM at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook

  • December 15, 2016
  • March 23, 2017
  1. Upcoming Rountable Presentations:
  • What are your ideas??
  • NY/NJ Trail Conf: Sustainable Trail Design
  • Dutchess Rail Line History: Regional Connections
  • HRVG Gaps Analysis: opportunities, constraints, and vision

Please email any suggested presentation topics to

Meeting adjourned.

Our thanks to Land Trust Alliance NY for support through its Conservation Partnership Program.

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