Supervisor Victoria Perotti informed The Millbrook Independent this week that
New York State Department of Transportation is providing $250,000 to the Town of Amenia to extend the Harlem Valley Rail Trail into the hamlet of Wassaic from the Wassaic Metro North train station.
She said:“This grant award is the result of the town applying for funds that were left over from NYSDOT grant awards that were not accepted or used by the recipients. There is no match. This is so exciting and means that we will be close to covering all costs for construction of the Wassaic Trail to the Train.”
The Trail to the Train already received an $800,000 federal Transportation Enhancement grant for the trail and $150,000 from Dutchess County for handi-capped accessibility, along with several smaller grants.
The Amenia Town Supervisor also informed us that the town has just received the 90% complete design plan from WSP Sells, the engineering firm which won the award to design the trail. Metro North and the NYS DOT have to sign off on the final plans before the plans can be sent out for bid.
The Trail to the Train was stalled for several years while the town was struggling to put the final funds in place to pay for the rail trail extension. Now it looks like the trail will finally be able to be built by “next year” said Victoria Perotti.
The front page thumbnail photo of the Hudson Harlem River Rail Trail coming into Wassaic by Tonia Shoumatoff.