Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...