Rail/trail debate (opinion)

A young girl rides a bike on the Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia. (Photo provided — Richard Smith)

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 ...

Enterprise, Alabama, has a mural of a boll weevil, an insect that devastated the dominant cotton crop and prompted farmers to diversify to other crops such as peanuts. 
(Photo provided — Larry Roth)

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 ...

Snowmobiles are seen ready to sell in crates at Smith Marine in Old Forge.
(Photo provided — Scott S. Thompson)

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 ...

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 ...

The train station in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, is seen after being renovated.(Photo provided by Carl Knoch) [Editor's note: An earlier caption incorrectly said the tracks here have been turned into a trail. In fact, this station is served by both a trail and a train. The Enterprise editor wrote the erroneous caption based on a misunderstanding that the author's essay implied.]

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 ...

Cover railroad tracks

To the editor: The old railroad problem will just not go away. It is a true dilemma. Darned if you do, darned if you don’t. However, there is an old Indian proverb that must not be forgotten: Never destroy infrastructure. With that in mind, I would like to add another tablespoon of ...

Without maintenance by the Adirondack Railway Presevation Society, the rail corridor is already starting to flood and wash away between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, as seen Oct. 7.
(Photo provided — Doug Vensel)

On the wrong side of the law, the facts and history

That headline is a capsule description of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and the state following Justice Main’s ruling on the rail trail plan. Let’s start with two items: the corridor classification and the title issue. ARTA claims these are minor and easily fixed. They’re wrong ...

North Elba shouldn’t appeal rail-trail ruling

To the editor: I don’t care if the cost is going to be “nominal”; I don’t want one penny of my tax money going to support the ARTA-led appeal of Judge Main’s decision. The board is overstepping its authority to speak for the people of North Elba. Have they taken a vote? Do they ...

Cautioning Sen. Little about rail trail plan

To the editor: Dear Sen. Elizabeth O’C. Little: The following is about the proposed removal of the railroad line from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake. I live in Ray Brook (between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid) and as a result, most of my shopping and communication is in the village of ...

Is ARTA pro-trail or just anti-rail?

As of this writing, it hasn’t even been two full weeks since Judge Main handed down his ruling against the New York state’s “Alternative 7” plan concerning the railroad corridor. I’m seriously wondering if anyone thought that Adirondack Recrerational Trail Advocates would go quietly ...

ARTA would back state in appealing ruling

To the editor: Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates today [Friday, Oct. 6] reaffirmed its support for the compromise plan approved by the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation that called for the creation of an ...

Judge is right to preserve railroad

To the editor: Thank you to the Honorable Judge Robert Main Jr. for ruling against the state by saying the 34 miles of railroad track must stay. Judge Main’s decision in favor of existing track is wise and insightful. Maybe David can slay the giant yet! I know that many, if not most, rail ...

Questioning judge’s rail-trail ruling

On Sept. 26, Judge Robert G. Main Jr. overruled the entire 2016 unit management plan that would have allowed the construction of a multi-use recreation trail on a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad right of way. In doing so, the judge stopped construction of both the recreation ...

Steam engine Viscose No. 6 is seen Aug. 12 at Thendara.
(Photo provided by Larry Roth)

How’s summer with quiet rails?

So how was your summer, Tri-Lakes? I hear you had a really wet June and July. Things didn’t start drying out till August, but September has been fairly decent. The leaves are turning, drawing leaf peepers and peak baggers alike. Thoughts are turning to winter months and the big question ...

Rails, trails, electricity and public safety

To the editor: The latest concern that Mayor Randall expressed concerning the rails is such hogwash! The 115KV power lines were installed for the 1980 Olympics, and the rails were there. The need to wait a day to repair the lines during the storm was a safety issue for the repair crews and ...

Placid mayor is disingenuous about rails

To the editor: I write to comment regarding the article published Sept. 23 and written by Antonio Olivero regarding the Lake Placid power line. Mayor Randall’s comments are disingenuous ... in a word. The present line was built to the community to help with power requirements for the ...

Rail replacement will be costly

To the editor: You mean, they’re just now getting an idea of what the cost will be? It is only after assessing and surveying the 34-mile stretch that the Department of Environmental Conservation can have any idea how much work will have to go in to constructing this travesty. I’d like ...

Roads getting more dangerous for cyclists

To the editor: As a former resident recently visiting the area, I was alarmed by what appeared to be a serious deterioration in safety for bicyclists riding on public roads in the region. First, while riding west on Keese Mills Road from Paul Smiths, I was very nearly run down by a man ...

Bike paths already exist beside the tracks in some parts of the state-owned railroad corridor. (Photo provided by Larry Roth)

Things you would never know

It’s been another interesting few months in the Tri-Lakes. The Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft plan for the rail trail, loudly proclaiming “That decision has been made.” If you only listen to DEC and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, there are things ...