Schumer asks Amtrak to prioritize repairs to Livingston Avenue bridge – troyrecord

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently announced a major effort to secure essential repairs to the nearly 120-year-old Livingston Avenue Bridge in Albany.

In the letter, Schumer urged Amtrak CEO William Flynn to work in partnership with NYSDOT and CSX to address the future of the Livingston Avenue Bridge, saying he had fought for the $ 16 billion. dollars from Amtrak’s national network for projects like repairs. needed for the Livingston Avenue Bridge.

Schumer explained that the aging railway bridge, which connects Albany and Rensselaer, is in desperate need of repair due to outdated machinery and design, which can lead to failure of the mechanism allowing the bridge to open to accommodate people. ships. Schumer said the bridge is a vital connector for the Capital Region and New York State, and allowing any of its infrastructure or machinery to deteriorate further would have a huge economic impact across the region. .

“It is high time for critical repairs to the Livingston Avenue Bridge; its aging infrastructure puts the economies, businesses and security of the Capital region at risk. As Majority Leader, I am proud to have secured over $ 22 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Act for Amtrak, including $ 16 billion for its national grid which can be used for projects in the corridor. of the Empire as the Livingston Avenue Bridge, ”said Schumer.

“But now it’s time to put that money where we need it most and put other residents to work making these vital improvements. Therefore, I strongly urge Amtrak to seize this rare opportunity to tackle this vital infrastructure asset that will soon be 120 years old, ”Schumer continued.

“The pandemic has revealed the need for nature and safe outdoor transportation, such as cycle paths and walking trails, even in the heart of a city; a new Livingston Avenue bridge is to include a pedestrian component that will link well-developed hiking and cycling trails along the river. This would provide the Capital Region with a tremendous opportunity for economic development, tourism and reconnection to the historic Hudson River waterfront, ”added Schumer.

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill allocates billions of dollars to some of our most underinvested and overused rail lines, and one of the most deserving of this funding is the construction of a new Livingston Avenue. This out-of-the-box project will not only revitalize the bridge closest to the ninth busiest station in the country, but it will create a pedestrian and cycle path across the Hudson River – further connecting Albany and our Riverfront with points to the ‘is. I thank Senate Majority Leader Schumer for his commendable leadership in securing this vital funding, and I echo his call for Amtrak to make this critical investment as part of the infrastructure program. historic Build Better, ”said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Schumer explained that under the bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs law, which he negotiated in the Senate, Amtrak would receive $ 22 billion, including $ 16 billion for operations outside the corridor. northeast, including the Empire Service of upstate New York. Schumer said Amtrak should take this unique opportunity to make critical investments in projects like the Livingston Avenue Bridge in Albany.