SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE ROAD AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT HUDSON AVENUE GRADE CROSSING IN PEEKSKILL
Hudson Avenue Grade Crossing Is One Of Busiest Along Metro-North’s Routes
DOT Funding Will Provide Improved Grade Crossing Warning Devices And Addition Of Pedestrian Accessible Walkways And Gates, Improving Crossing Safety
Senators: Federal Funding Will Help Hudson Valley Safely Cross The Rails
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,000,000 for Peekskill, New York from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to replace and upgrade grade crossing warning devices and addition of accessible pedestrian walkways and gates at the Metro-North Hudson Avenue grade crossing. The crossing is one of busiest along Metro-North’s routes.
“Rail-grade crossings have been the site of several serious accidents in New York, and this vital federal grant will address that by improving the safety of the Hudson Avenue crossing,” said Senator Schumer. “Today’s federal funding will provide much-needed upgrades and additions for both traffic and pedestrians in Peekskill. I will keep fighting in the Senate to ensure our Hudson Valley communities have the transit funding they need to keep the rails and roads safe.”
“The Hudson Avenue grade crossing is a highly trafficked route in the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will support vital upgrades to improve the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and all Peekskill travelers by stopping preventable accidents. I will always work for the funding needed to keep our communities safe and transportation running smoothly.”
"In the city of Peekskill, we take pride in keeping public safety a priority as the city continues to thrive. This is an area of Peekskill where many have expressed concerns and fortunately, our leaders in Government recognize the needs to identify and address our concerns. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have always given their constituents hope and have showed the city of Peekskill, on numerous occasions, there is no cost to the value of saving a life and prioritizing our safety. This grant and implementation will help eliminate vehicle, train, and pedestrian conflicts and will allow more residents, commuters, and visitors alike, to enjoy walking through our city, safely. I personally thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their commitment, concern, communication, and dedication to the people and communities they represent. This will provide a greater and even safer future for this great city, Peekskill, one of the greatest cities on earth,” said Mayor Andre Rainey.
Last year, the Hudson Avenue grade crossing was one of seven of Metro-North’s crossing sites to participate in International Level Crossing Awareness Day, a global initiative to promote safe behaviors at or around grade crossings.