Rail-trail debate (news)

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 ...

Tupper Lake applies for new Smart Growth grant

TUPPER LAKE — For the third year in a row, the town of Tupper Lake is looking to take advantage of Smart Growth grant funding administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to boost local development. At the end of March, the town submitted an application seeking ...

Trail could go off the rails, train group warns

MALONE — Lawyers for the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society say the state may reroute part of a trail along village of Saranac Lake streets and sidewalks if it doesn’t sort out ownership issues for the railroad the trail would replace. Also in paperwork filed this week, lawyers ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant for rail trail connection

SARANAC LAKE — The village is seeking more grant money to make a connection to the state’s proposed rail trail. Meanwhile, the state is holding off on seeking contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid because of a court-issued stay. - Funds for ...