City signals long-stalled plan will move forward
In a step toward building the long-delayed pathway and bridge to Randall’s Island, the New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 20, to determine the need for a public rail crossing of the railroad line near the Bronx Kill.
The city asked for the hearing on the crossing after Harlem River Yards Ventures, the private real estate company that controls the Port Morris rail yard owned by the state agency, agreed to allow the city to use a strip of land for the South Bronx Greenway, which would lead to the bridge.
In an April 18 letter, the city called the Randall’s Island Connector a critical pedestrian and bicycle connection between the South Bronx residential community and 400 acres of recreational space on Randall’s Island.
The hearing, which will begin at 10 a.m. will be held at the headquarters of the city Economic Development Corp. in Conference Room 5B on the sixth floor of 110 William Street in Manhattan.
Parties planning to attend the hearing should confirm the day before the hearing that it has not been adjourned, especially in case of inclement weather, by calling 518-457-1182 or going to https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/legal-services-division/hearing-notices.