It seems the Mayor of Albany, NY know there is a train station in Rensselaer NY.
From the Passenger Train Journal ...
The Mayor of Albany and a engineering group are conducting a feasibility study on a "gondola" or overhead tram - to bring people across the river from downtown Albany to the Rensselaer station. "It's about how we can make it as easy as possible for people to visit our city, to come to our city, and do business here or to come here for recreation." Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
While I will not be riding it myself, I am glad to see someone thinking outside the box. The cost is estimated $20-30 million.
Madam Mayor is on to something. In NYC we have such a thing between Manhattan and a sliver of land called Roosevelt Island, which has been developed as a quality residential neighborhood. It was built before the subway station could be put on an existing line. But even tho it's a bit pricey, it seems to have a good ridership. Most riders are residents commuting, some are tourists, others are 'tourists' from NYC just day-tripping. (Where cars are very limited, this is one of the best places to take a stroll or a run.) The Roosevelt Island Tramway gives a spectacular view of high-rise Manhattan, the East River, and Roosevelt Island.
Looks like the Albany-Rensselaer crossing of the Hudson could combine the usefulness of public transit with a photogenic tourist to-do, in a city that doesn't have much of a fun city image. If Albany had more fun things to see and do, it could develop some weekender tourist business from NYC. People do an overnight or two in Philly or even Boston, but I don't hear anyone talking of Albany.
Edited by WoodyinNYC, 25 September 2016 - 05:00 PM.