Hikers will soon have a new trail to traverse with the approval of a new lease by the MTA to the Town of Fishkill to build a three-quarter-mile hiking trail connecting the MTA's Breakneck Ridge Station to the trailhead of the Breakneck Ridge Trail in Hudson Highlands State Park, straddling Dutchess and Putnam counties.
The new trail will be located between New York State Route 9D and Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line and serve as the first section of the proposed Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, a roughly seven-mile trail that will link the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon.
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said: “The proposed Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail underscores that Metro-North is much more than a commuter railroad. We support regional tourism and give customers a convenient way to explore the area’s scenic beauty.”
Rather than navigating dirt pathways, trail users will be able to take a 12-foot-wide trail that provides a separate and protected direct path from the station to the trailhead. Along Route 9D, parking areas will be created, as well as making the area safer for hikers and visitors crossing the road.
The current low-level platforms at the Breakneck Ridge Station will be replaced with mini high-level platforms that provide ADA accessibility.
“We truly appreciate the commitment, energy and resources Metro-North has dedicated to the entire project. By way of this lease, Metro-North Railroad keeps the project on track to provide essential traffic and safety improvements while we work to create this world-class recreational asset," said Bob LaColla, Town of Fishkill Supervisor.
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