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The last couple of weeks I’ve had a lot of conversations — on the phone, via email, in person, and on social media — with supporters of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad about the fairness of NCPR’s reporting on the rail-trail...
This week, I’ve gone spelunking in the wild, ferocious world of the Adirondack rail-trail debate.  Trust me, it’s a rabbit hole of zeal and rhetoric that Lewis Carroll couldn’t have dreamed up. Because I live in the...
This just in from New York’s Conservation Department: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced they will hold four public meetings in...
A couple of years ago the AMC movie channel launched an on-going series called “Hell on Wheels” that dramatizes — in gritty fashion — construction of America’s trans-continental railroad in the 1860s. A similarly gritty...
State officials announced moments ago that they plan to revisit the management plan guiding use of the controversial corridor between Old Forge Inlet and Remsen and the heart of the Adirondacks — Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake...

All In Box posts about the Rails/Trails Debate

Carl Knoch, manager of trail development for the northeast region office the the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Carl Knoch, manager of trail development for the northeast region office the the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Rails to trail advocates stick to the positive

A local advocacy group is trying to highlight the possible economic benefits of a year-round, multi-use recreational trail between Lake Placid and Old Forge. The Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates hosted a meeting at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake on Wednesday to unveil a new study on the potential economic impact of the group's proposed Adirondack Recreational Trail.

More than 100 people attended the presentation, which focused on the first stage of the would-be trail: the 34-mile span between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. As Chris Morris reports, the group, known as ARTA, is spending less time talking about the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and is instead focusing on the benefits of the trail.  Go to full article
...is the tag line for NY's Regional Economic Development Councils

Advocates want Douglas removed from North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Multi-use trail advocates want Garry Douglas removed as co-chairman of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for allegedly showing bias toward railroad operations.

In a press release issued last week, the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates said Douglas has shown an "overt and egregious bias in favor of rail restoration on the corridor between Utica and Lake Placid." The group says studies have proven that a recreational trail would reap greater economic benefits.  Go to full article
View of the Floodwood Pond area from the tourist train.

Rails to trails group at full steam ahead

A local advocacy group that wants to replace the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake with a multi-use recreational trail is ready to hit 2012 with a full head of steam.

The Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates held a press conference in the board room at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake last week to update the media and the public about the group's efforts.

The organization plans to study the costs of building a trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, as well as the economic benefits of a tourist train that currently operates along the corridor.  Go to full article
View of the Floodwood Pond area from the tourist train.

Railroad debate focuses on track removal

Railroad supporters and multi-use trail advocates in the Tri-Lakes continue to debate the best use of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.

Trail advocates want...  Go to full article
Tourist train. Photo: Warren County website.

Council calls for rehabbing Remsen-Lake Placid RR

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council's draft strategic plan, due to the state today, includes support for rehabilitating of the Remsen-Lake Placid rail...  Go to full article
Should the Adirondack train keep rolling or be replaced by a rec path?  (NCPR file photo)

Debate over scenic railroad accelerates in Adirondacks

Opponents of a tourist train in the Tri-Lakes are hoping to derail efforts to construct a side-by-side rail and trail system between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
...  Go to full article

Unlikely allies advocate for trail connecting Tri-Lakes

A new advocacy group in the Adirondacks hopes to build support for a recreational trail connecting the Tri-Lakes.

Members of the Adirondack Recreational Trail...  Go to full article

North Elba backs off on bike trail

As the debate over the rail corridor in the Tri-Lakes continues, one municipality is backing off a plan to construct a recreational path alongside the train tracks between...  Go to full article
View of the Floodwood Pond area from the tourist train

Study raises pros and cons of scenic train

A new study released last night in Tupper Lake is raising questions about the future of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

The non-profit tourist train already...  Go to full article

Critic says DOT wasting money on scenic train

A Lake Placid snowmobile activist blasted state officials this week for spending millions on the tourism train connecting lake Placid and Saranac Lake, while road and bridge...  Go to full article

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