Pain at the Train: As Workers Erect Temporary Amtrak Ticket Office, Parking Frustration Mounts

Two giant mobile trailers that will comprise the new temporary ticket office, waiting room, and restrooms at the Amtrak Rhinecliff station were erected today. And their sheer enormity promptly reduced the space available to taxis and parkers waiting for passengers in front of the station. The short-term parking area was blocked off all day today, but it will reopen within […]

Amtrak Adds Two New Northbound and Two Southbound Trains, Aiding Rhinecliff Riders, Starting Dec. 5

Amtrak passengers along the Hudson will have two new trains in each direction from which to choose starting Dec. 5, the railroad confirmed. Travelers heading southbound to New York City will be able to choose from a new late-morning train operating Sunday through Friday that departs Albany-Renssalaer at 11:10 a.m., according to Amtrak’s website. It will stop at Hudson at […]

Amtrak Rhinecliff Station Building to Close for Renovations Dec. 9; Mobile Bathrooms and Ticketing Trailers to Be Set Up Soon

Amtrak plans to keep the historic Rhinecliff train station building open for passenger ticketing through the Thanksgiving travel season, then shut it Dec. 9, ahead of the start of a multi-million dollar station and track renovation project, Amtrak officials said today. The railroad this week will set up two mobile trailers in the station’s parking lot to the side of […]

Red Hook Highway Superintendent Theresa Burke Receives Top Honor from Cornell Roads Program

Red Hook Highway Superintendent Theresa Burke has received a new honor, becoming the fifth Road Master Level IV in New York State. She is also the first woman to attain the honor. Burke, 65, who has served as Red Hook’s highway superintendent for 12 years, earned the achievement for a variety of roles. She serves as president of the Dutchess […]

Eyeing Sidewalk and Signage Changes, Leaders Seek Public Input For Grant To Revitalize Village Center

A sidewalk extension north of CVS. Sidewalk bumpouts with trees and shrubs along Route 199. Shorter lamp posts near the Village’s Four Corners. What about solar-powered speed meters and a school speed zone near Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School? These are among the ideas the Red Hook Village Board of Trustees is considering to create a […]

Town Board Passes New Truck Route Restrictions In Effort to Keep Larger Vehicles off Local Roads

The Red Hook Town Board this week approved a law amending the town’s traffic regulations in a push, more aspirational than legal, to keep trucks that weigh at least 10,000 pounds off town roads.  The law, which would not affect trucks that need to be on roads to conduct business, is intended as guidance to steer large vehicles off smaller […]

Rhinecliff Amtrak Station Finds $28 Million for ADA Enhancements and Other Upgrades, Schumer Says

The Rhinecliff Amtrak passenger rail station will receive more than $28 million in federal dollars to overhaul aging infrastructure, and bring the platform into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sen. Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced this week.  Schumer, who visited the Rhinecliff station in the winter of 2020 to put pressure on Amtrak to renovate the […]

Kingston-Area Mother and Her Dog Killed After Being Struck By Amtrak Train Near Rhinecliff Sunday

A 36-year-old mother trying to retrieve her dog was fatally struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train as she crossed the tracks just north of the Rhinecliff train station late Sunday afternoon, New York State Police said. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter may have witnessed the incident. Carrie A. Gemmell of Kingston ran onto the train tracks near Slate Dock Road […]

Amtrak to Take Over, Renovate Pedestrian Overpass Bridge at Rhinecliff Train Station

A creaky pedestrian bridge used by travelers to cross from the parking lot, over the tracks, to the south entrance of the train platform at the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff may soon be rebuilt, as the rail company reached an agreement with the town to take over control of the overpass. “This is huge news for the town,” Rhinebeck Town […]

Rhinecliff Station Platform to Be Raised to Train Level, Parking Lot Upgrades Also Planned as Reno Details Trickle In

Like a slow-moving train lumbering into town, details on Amtrak’s plans to renovate the Rhinecliff station are starting to trickle in. The new station platform will be raised 4 feet so that passengers will no longer have to use stepstools to board and disembark from trains. And the station parking lot, whose pits, potholes, and pitch-black stretches south of Hutton […]

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