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Congressional Republicans look to privatize Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

A Republican idea in Congress would change passenger rail service in the U.S. in the name of developing high speed rail. It would start with the 400-plus mile northeast corridor that includes the Adirondack route, which makes stops in Plattsburgh and Rouses point.

The line passes through some of the most congested cities in America, it's the most traveled passenger rail route in America and it's owned and operated by Amtrak.

Republican John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and other proponents of the plan would put the Northeast corridor up for bid by private-sector developers.

Washington DC Correspondent Ryan Morden has the details:  Go to full article
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Local leaders divided over use of Adirondack train corridor

Last week, a non-profit group based in Saranac Lake released a new study exploring ways to use the rail corridor that runs from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake. Debate over use of the line has been heated. Snowmobilers and hikers want to convert the route into a multi-use trail, but supporters of the tourism train that now operates say it should be expanded.

Chris Morris checked in with local leaders and found that they too are deeply divided over possible uses of the corridor. They're also skeptical about a price tag that's likely to top $10 million.  Go to full article

Preview: "Race the Train" in North Creek

Hundreds of runners are expected to compete in the annual "Race the Train" run in North Creek this Saturday, August 7. It's a fundraiser for the "Dollars for Scholars" program. The money helps local students pursue their college studies. Todd Moe spoke with organizer Ann Arsenault about the 9th annual race. She says a new addition this year is a pasta dinner for runners on Friday night.  Go to full article
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source:  Amtrak)
Lake Champlain "Adirondack" Amtrak route (Source: Amtrak)

Train plan would boost Amtrak, freight in Lake Champlain corridor

Governor Paterson's rail proposal could bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Champlain Valley in the coming years. State officials hope to upgrade the rail line between Albany and Montreal, expanding freight traffic and cutting Amtrak travel times by twenty-five percent. As Brian Mann reports, rebuilding New York's rail infrastructure could also boost manufacturing in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
Santa on the boxcar stage
Santa on the boxcar stage

Bright, gaudy Holiday Train chugs through Champlain Valley

This is the time of year when towns along the Champlain Valley light up with the annual Holiday Train. Canadian Pacific uses the Christmas tour to raise money and food for local pantries in the North Country. Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga last night and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article

Preview: mystery train ride in North Creek

Music and mystery come together at the North Creek Depot Museum this Saturday. The historic depot is a Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site. It's the place where Roosevelt learned of the death of President McKinley and his own succession to the presidency in 1901. Saturday's event will raise money for on-going restoration of the depot. Todd Moe spoke with Susan Murante, one of the organizers of the mystery train ride.  Go to full article

Train derailment in Watertown

Flatbed rail cars loaded with equipment bound for Iraq crashed into another rail car yesterday, causing an explosion and evacuation near Watertown. No serious injuries were reported. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive
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 snowmobile riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Tupper Lake also hopes to serve as a new stop on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The tourist railroad now operates two routes, one near Old Forge and the other between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. A coalition of economic development groups is hoping to win roughly $20 million in state funding to extend the line. With this year's train season winding to a close, Brian Mann checked in with Doug Masters, marketing director for the railroad. Masters says ridership increased this summer.  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness
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 passenger line would connect Utica and Old Forge in the south to tourism destinations in the Tri-Lakes area. The "Adirondack On Track Partnership" wants the state to spend at least twenty million dollars on the project. They hope it would add a new attraction, drawing visitors into the Adirondack Park. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say reviving the railroad would be too expensive. They also question whether a tourist line is the best use of the historic travel corridor.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/07/05

DEC releases reports on bridge collapses in the Champion lands this fall. North Country Railroads gets $13 million in state funds for upgrades. And just what it takes to run a train these days, including the problem of modern-day hobos...  Go to full article

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