Albany-Hudson

Electric Trail

About

Welcome to the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET Trail) website. The AHET Trail will be a shared-use bicycling and pedestrian trail along the 35 mile Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley corridor from Hudson, NY to Rensselaer, NY – running through Rensselaer and Columbia Counties. This website will be periodically updated with plans, reports, meeting dates, project status reports, and other information.

The AHET Trail is an important part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Empire State Trail, when completed in 2020, will create a 750-mile biking and walking trail from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo.

The Route

The AHET Trail crosses through two counties (Rensselaer and Columbia), eight towns, and five cities and villages. At the northern end, the trail begins near the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station, across the river from the state capital in Albany. At the southern end, the City of Hudson provides a trail destination with shops, galleries and restaurants in an historic downtown. Along the route, the trail goes through historic communities in the rural landscape of the Hudson Valley, including orchards, village Main Streets, shops and restaurants, historic sites, and other locations.

The AHET Trail Concept Plan identifies the proposed location of the trail, bridges, roadway crossings and related features. While the goal is to keep as much of the trail off-road as possible, there are areas where the proposed trail route is located on existing roads. Trailheads and key destinations are also identified.

View the entire route below or click on the following sections to see more detailed maps:

Section 1: City of Albany to East Greenbush
Section 2: East Greenbush to Schodack
Section 3: Schodack to Nassau
Section 4: Nassau to Kinderhook
Section 5: Kinderhook
Section 6: Kinderhook to Stockport
Section 7: Stockport to City of Hudson

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Trail Benefits

Click a benefit below to learn more.

Health and Well-Being
The AHET Trail will improve the health and wellbeing for local resident and visitors as access to outdoor activities increases participation in healthy lifestyles and improves the academic performance of children. Regular exercise reduces the likelihood of heart and respiratory disease. People with access to trails exercise more regularly than those without access to similar recreational opportunities.
Transportation
Trails provide alternatives for getting around for those without access to cars or transit as well as for those wanting to choose a healthier transportation alternative. Construction of the AHET Trail will increase mobility and accessibility by providing a new recreational opportunity.
Safety
Trails provide safer recreational opportunities for all users. They provide a designated space for bicyclists and pedestrians and minimize interactions with motor vehicle traffic. This is especially important for the children.
Economic
The positive economic impacts of trails include recreation-based tourism, an increase in property values, an enhanced ability to attract new employers and employees, and development of new industries, such as visitor services and outdoor related product sales, to accommodate the increase in recreational opportunities in the area.
Education
Not only do trails provide outdoor learning opportunities, but children with access to open space resources demonstrate higher academic achievement, better attendance, and higher levels of concentration. They also provide children with the opportunity to discover local natural and cultural heritage.
Environment
Trails benefit the environment as well as the people they serve. Trails provide opportunities for habitat protection and enhancement, stormwater and flood retention, improved water and air quality, conservation of natural and cultural resources, and scenic views.
Civic Engagement
Greenways provide opportunities for diverse groups of people to discover common interests and form a sense of community. Whether as a means of improving quality of life, our health, our children’s well-being or our natural places, civic leadership springs from community engagement. When neighbors are engaged, employers are enthused, and visitors are attracted, the vitality of a community is boosted.

Documents

As the project gets updated and related documents get completed, they will be uploaded here for community members to review and provide feedback. Please check back regularly for updates.

Meetings

The first round of public meetings will be conducted in August 2017. The presentation may be viewed by scrolling through the slides below.

Submit Comment

The project is seeking public comment on the Draft AHET Concept Plan. Please provide your email address and comments through the form below. Your comments, observations, and concerns will be incorporated through the public engagement process.