Rail/trail debate (opinion)

Adirondack Rail Trail change in the language

To the editor: The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and the people are waiting for the change in the corridor definition and the results, but that is not the only language that needs to be changed. In articles and comments about the rail trail, you will ...

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for rail trail

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental agencies (Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track. This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap ...

Taking a closer look at Trail User Survey

To the editor: On Aug. 4, a column appeared in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise submitted by James Falcsik of Irwin, Pennsylvania, with the headline “Report disputes trail booster claims.” The report cited was “An Analysis of the 2015 Trail User Survey and Count” conducted by the New ...

Report disputes trail booster claims

The great Adirondack rail-trail debate has been raging for years. Trail boosters continue to claim economic prosperity is just around the corner, provided the rails are removed from the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and a recreational trail is built in its place. Trail boosters also ...

ARTA is trying to mislead you

The rails are quiet, but yet the hatred and deception continue ... In a column from Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ Dick Beamish once again touting the usual talking points against the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and the restoration of service on the north end of the rail line, the ...

Adirondack Rail Trail for all

I read with interest your June 28 story headlined “Railroad unveils rail bike design.” As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between ...

Shows ‘bikes’ and recreation are good uses for rail corridor

To the editor: It seems ironic that the Adirondack Scenic Railroad would propose and apparently invest in putting “bicycles” on the corridor when at the same time working hard to prevent the public recreational trail use. The former rail bike operation demonstrated the popularity of a ...

Don’t redefine travel corridors

This is an open letter to the Adirondack Park Agency: Changing the transportation corridor definition is, in my opinion, spot zoning. The intent of the change is to favor the use of the land for a subset of the public, and it reduces the number of citizens able to actually travel along the ...

People have a right to ride a train in corridor

To the editor: To the people in the state of New York: I am a train advocate. I disagree with the Adirondack Park Agency addition of a rail trail to the travel cooridor definition and replacing the tracks with a trail I cannot use. My rights are: That I have the right to use the ...

Why we like SLMP Alternative 6

To Kathy Regan Deputy Director for Planning NYS Adirondack Park Agency Dear Ms. Regan: To the editor: We are writing today in support of Alternative 6 as the amendment to the State Land Master Plan. My wife and I believe this is the best alternative mainly because of its flexibility ...

Don’t rush into another rail-trail battle

The Adirondack Park may soon have a second rail-trail debate to fret over. God help us all. Many people in Warren County, including some local government leaders, are now seriously considering converting part of the railroad between North Creek in Saratoga Springs into a recreational trail ...

2018 resolutions for Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done much to promote the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. In furtherance of his good work, we urge the governor to adopt the following new year’s resolutions and, in so doing, make the Adirondack Park an even better place to live and visit. - 1. Adirondack Rail ...

Reasons rails with trail is not possible

To the editor: In the debate over the best use of the Adirondack travel corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid, railroad advocates have repeatedly stated that we can have both a tourist train and a recreational trail. In reality, both the attempt at a parallel trail between Lake Placid and ...

Looking back, looking forward

The Cuomo administration’s decision to appeal the ruling that threw out the rail-trail plan is not a surprise; the governor does not handle disappointment well. The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and Adirondack Park Agency followed marching orders ...

Off the rails, snowmobile business booms

To the editor: Communities (other than mine, Beaver River) in the town of Webb are bustling with holiday traffic, and most of them are snowmobilers. In Big Moose, the Station Restaurant is busy, but where riders rely on the tracks, it’s a ghost town. Smith Marine, Big Moose Yamaha and ...

UMP deems parallel rail-trail wouldn’t be possible

To the editor: I attended last night's meeting of the Saranac Lake Village Board where a resolution to support construction of a trail was debated at considerable length. The theme echoed repeatedly by supporters of rail restoration was that there could be a parallel trail and therefore ...

Think of it as an investment

(The following is an imagined dialogue between Gov. Cuomo and a representative of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.) — Hello, I’m Governor Andrew Cuomo. What can I do for you today? — My name is Larry Locomotive, and I represent the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. I’m requesting $15 ...

Keep and upgrade the railroad

We need to keep the Adirondack Scenic Railroad! We need to restore service on it between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake! Having this tourist attraction in our area is so beneficial to our local economy. It would be a travesty to destroy this unique local attraction. We have the one railroad in ...

Rail cars aren’t hurting anyone

To the editor: Why protect the Adirondacks from stored railroad tank cars? They are silent and rarely seen except by people in airplanes and bushwhackers, and the latter are likely to find them interesting. Sincerely, Charles W. McCutchen Lake Placid

Rail trails foster historic preservation

A recent statement by Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State, merits a response. Mr. DiLorenzo claimed that converting the 34 miles of rail line connecting the Tri-Lakes into an incomparable recreational trail and tourist destination would somehow “threaten ...