Rail-trail debate (news)

State mum on what next after judge shot down rail-trail plan

SARANAC LAKE — Last week, an acting state Supreme Court justice put an end to years of debate over what would happen with a 34-mile stretch of train tracks when he sided with an upstate railroad in its lawsuit against New York state. Judge Robert Main, Jr. ruled that the state acted ...

Railway on track to store train cars in North Country

NORTH CREEK — As the Saratoga and North Creek Railway plans to bring in revenue by storing train cars from other companies, environmental organizations are calling for the state to reject the plan in the interest of preserving the Adirondack Park. A branch of the Iowa Pacific Holdings ...

Placid mayor: Electric repairs with rails may be possible

LAKE PLACID — National Grid will use equipment that can ride atop the rails to inspect the electric line and power poles that travel through a right-of-way that feeds electricity to this village. The utility company will do so on Oct. 2, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. This ...

Judge rules tracks must stay

MALONE — A judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws. “The 2016 UMP [unit management plan] is annulled and vacated, in its entirety, and in each and every part,” acting state ...

Placid mayor: Rails in way of electric improvements

LAKE PLACID — A new variable has entered the enduring rail-trail debate as this village’s mayor says the lingering rails and ties on the right of way through which this village’s electric supply feeds are in the way of electric improvements and fixes. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall ...

Railroad buys 2 more cars, pledges to grow

UTICA — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad bought two used passenger cars last week, saying the purchase demonstrates “that the rail operation will continue to grow.” The nonprofit corporation announced Tuesday that it bought the cars from the Norfolk Southern railroad company at an ...

No time frame for decision on rail-trail lawsuit

No time frame has been set to resolve a lawsuit against the state over a proposed rail trail. “The decision remains, sub judice, or still before the court,” Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw wrote in an email Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago by the Adirondack ...

DEC will inspect rail-trail corridor

RAY BROOK — Staff from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, along with consultants and engineers, will inspect the corridor of the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid over the next few weeks. The DEC wrote in a press release the work would ...

New rail bike company starts up near North Creek

JOHNSBURG — The picturesque rail line north of North Creek has come alive as a new “rail bike” company began operation. Revolution Rail Co. began offering trips July 15 as a “soft opening” before beginning seven-day-a-week operation on Aug. 1. Robert Harte, one of the founders of ...

Rail Explorers rolling in Rhode Island

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay. Rail Explorers opened in Portsmouth in April as part of the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. On a gorgeous summer day in July, the site was ...

State to use EPF to buy rail trail land

SARANAC LAKE — The state plans to use Environmental Protection Fund money to acquire a section of its proposed Adirondack rail trail that currently is owned by North Country Community College. In a May 17 letter to village Mayor Clyde Rabideau, state Department of Environmental ...

Adirondacks are anomaly in ‘Rails-to-Trails’ doc

SARANAC LAKE — A new public television documentary presents the Adirondack rail-trail debate in light of a rails-to-trails trend that is booming statewide. New York City’s WLIW PBS station on Thursday broadcast “Rails-to-Trails,” the latest entry in its irregular “Treasures of ...

Rail trail sessions end with small crowd

RAY BROOK — About 20 people attended the second of two public meetings the state held this week concerning the proposed plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail. No members of the public attended the first such meeting. The state Department of Environmental Conservation held one meeting in ...

DEC to take comments on rail trail plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments and answering questions on the conceptual plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail at two public meetings this week. The DEC will host the public in Tupper Lake in the Community Room of the Tupper Lake Emergency Services ...

Salvage yard tops Tupper rail trail session

TUPPER LAKE — Members of the community convened Wednesday night at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library for the latest in a series of public information sessions regarding the proposed Adirondack rail trail. As envisioned, the trail will be a 34-mile multi-purpose stone-dust trail connecting ...

Series of rail trail meetings underway

SARANAC LAKE — About 30 people gathered at the Saranac Lake Free Library Monday evening for the first in a series of public information sessions on the proposed rail trail that would connect the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Saranac Lake village Trustee Rich ...

DEC releases conceptual rail trail plan

RAY BROOK — A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s conceptual plan for a proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan was released Monday for public review and ...

No trains in the Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE — The haunting sound of train whistles won’t be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running ...

No trains in Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE -- The haunting sound of train whistles won't be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running seasonal ...