Sen. Charles Schumer

Jasper Colt-USA TODAY

Officials call on railroad to go forward with greenway deal

October 18, 2018 - 3:15 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Several elected officials rallied Thursday afternoon, to call on a company to go forward with a deal that would help with the expansion of the city's greenway project.

For ten blocks a narrow stretch of green runs along the Major Deegan Expressway, railroad CSX owns it, but greenway advocates want it.

Senator Charles Schumer said an independent assessor came up with a fair price.

"So that's the definition of a fair deal, and what has CSX done? They walked away from the table," he said.

The abandoned rail bed would connect the Bronx and Manhattan with a 47 mile bike path through Westchester and Putnam counties.

"The days of railroad barons are over, give it to the community, it would go a long way in making sure that we can develop this missing link," Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said.

Advocates say the area south of Van Cortlandt Park is critical to the project. The Manhattan waterfront greenway is a continuous waterfront green space that will wrap around the island. It aims to create more than 1,000 acres of green space -- an area larger than Central Park.