When completed by the end of 2020, New York's Empire State Trail will be a continuous 750-mile route spanning the state from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany, creating the longest multi-use state trail in the nation.

Alta—in collaboration with the Hudson River Valley Greenway; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; New York State Department of Transportation; and the Governor’s Office on the Empire State Trail (EST) initiative—worked to develop an innovative plan to connect several trails including the Erie Canalway Trail, Hudson River Valley Greenway, and Champlain Canalway Trail by 2020.

This involves a $200 million initiative of off-road trails and on-road connections across the state from New York City to Montreal and from Albany to Buffalo. Alta is continuing to work with multiple agencies, including the New York State Department of Transportation, the MTA and NYS Canal Corporation to implement the Empire State Trail on time and within budget.

Sample tasks include:

  • Conceptual plans for on-and off-road portions of the EST, ranging from one to 35 miles.
  • Program and project management
  • Problem solving and value engineering
  • On-and off-road trail design
  • Design review
  • Wayfinding design and implementation
  • Trailhead programming, design, and implementation