A route for an 8.8-mile trail connecting Albany’s Pine Bush Preserve with the Albany Riverfront has been identified.

ALBANY, NY September 9, 2022 – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) has released the final report for the Patroon Creek Greenway Feasibility Study. The study identified an approximately 9-mile long trail corridor that roughly parallels the Patroon Creek and will provide a much needed east-west connection for cyclists, pedestrians, and other forms of active transportation in the City of Albany and the Capital District. The Patroon Creek Greenway has long been a regional priority and was identified as a “core trail” in the 2019 Capital District Trails Plan. This study builds on the 2004 Patroon Creek Greenway Linkage Study that identified an initial route for the greenway. 

The recently released report identifies an alignment for the trail that connects job centers, the UAlbany uptown campus area, parks, schools, the Tivoli Preserve, and several neighborhoods to the Hudson River Waterfront via the Albany Skyway. The Patroon Creek Greenway Feasibility Study was conducted in partnership with the City of Albany and the Capital District Transportation Committee as an effort to implement the Capital District Trails Plan. More information about the study and all the final study documents can be found at: www.patroongreenway.com

“Creating a paved trail in this corridor is a key priority of CDTC’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan, New Visions 2050. When constructed, this trail will provide a safe east-west connection for bicyclists and pedestrians, further expanding the region’s trail system, and connect more people to the recently opened Albany Skyway and Albany’s waterfront. It will require a regional effort and CDTC looks forward to working with the various stakeholders to make this vision a reality.” said Sandy Misiewicz, CDTC Executive Director. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “Connecting neighborhoods is fundamental to the work being done across the City of Albany and the entire Capital Region to help make our communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly, and that is why I am so appreciative of the efforts of Capital District Transportation Committee to complete this plan that would create a 9-mile trail that parallels the Patroon Creek. This vision helps us conceptualize the work necessary to connect the Albany Skyway, Empire Trail, and the soon-to-be-new Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge to the Tivoli Preserve, portions of the Town of Colonie, UAlbany Uptown Campus, Albany Pine Bush, and Six Mile Waterworks, and I look forward to working alongside CDTC and other stakeholders to help execute on this vision.”

For more information about this and other important regional projects, please visit our website at www.cdtcmpo.org. If you have questions or comments, you can also email us at cdtc@cdtcmpo.org.

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