Need Some Car-Free Inspiration? Look North.

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Could the Capital Region be the future of car-free living in the Hudson Valley? You can find out for yourself during Rail, River, Hudson on July 12 organized by All Over Albany. The all-day event starts with a shuttle from the Corning Preserve footbridge in downtown Albany to the Albany/Rensselaer Rail station with the Columbia County city of Hudson as the tour’s destination and then a cruise along the Hudson River back up to Albany. According to Troy resident Duncan Crary in a recent Albany Times Union article, “It’s a fun, car-free tourism adventure.” Crary himself has lived in Troy for two years car-free. The event on July 12 isn’t for those in a hurry to get to Hudson; rather, it runs at a leisurely pace that includes a gathering at the Etsy building in Hudson followed by a cider tasting on the waterfront. Tickets are $60, available for purchase here, and admission includes a light dinner on the cruise back north. While taking the train from Albany to Hudson to New York might not be the most time-efficient means of travel, it does shed some light on the car-free alternatives that are available here in upstate New York. Now, if we can only get passenger rail west of Hudson…

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