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Adirondack Rails/Trails Debate


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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

Tourist train. Photo: Warren County website.
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 corridor.

The latest version of the plan supports state, federal and private funding for rehabbing the entire railroad, from Remsen all the way to Lake Placid. The plan calls the corridor the "last remaining rail access into the central Adirondacks." The council's draft plan also says accommodations should be made for a multi-use recreational trail.

But the corridor is controversial, and not everyone is pleased that it's included in the strategic plan. Chris Morris reports.  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.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates formed earlier this summer. They say, instead of a rail, communities should build a multi-use recreational trail using the rail-bed which would stretch from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake.

But with millions of dollars in grants already in hand, supporters of the tourist train say the path and the railroad can co-exist. Chris Morris reports.  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 Advocates argue that a multi-use recreational trail running from Lake Placid all the way to Tupper Lake would attract visitors from all over the country.

The group says the current tourist train - now operating over a section of the route - should be scrapped.

As Chris Morris reports, the new group was formed by activists who are usually on opposite sides of Adirondack debates.  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

Tupper Lake rail funding left out of budget

State officials have left out $5 million in funding that had been earmarked to expand the scenic railroad from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. New York's Transportation...  Go to full article
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive

Tourist train ridership grows

The Village of Tupper Lake has won a $600,000 federal grant to convert a section of abandoned railroad track into a multi-use trail. The 4.6 mile route will be open to...  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The...  Go to full article

Tourist Train Returns to Tupper Lake

Railroad enthusiasts in Tupper Lake are celebrating the return of tourist passenger service for the first time in nearly 25 years. They're inviting residents and visitors to...  Go to full article

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