Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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 ...

This page from the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s Annual Report for 2016 shows the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s financial situation is improving.

Bad spin on the railroad

I’ll try to keep this brief, because even I — as a staunch supporter for the “Save The Rails” movement — am growing weary of the back-and-forth conversation. There are so many times that the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates crowd (both board members and supporters alike) ...

Bikers ride the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.
(Photo provided — Richard Smith)

Rail trails celebrated as ‘vibrant sign of renewal’

Editor Peter Crowley reported recently on a new PBS documentary about rail-to-trail conversions in New York state, including the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail that will connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The documentary portrayed rail trails as popular success stories — as ...

Why take out the train?

To the editor: Preventing the Lake Placid-to-Saranac train from running this season would keep passengers and crew from enjoying the ride and merchants from getting extra business. Why would Albany hurt people for no apparent reason? Sincerely yours, Charles W. McCutchen Bethesda, Maryland

Rail trail plan remains vague

To the editor: The Trails with Rails Action Committee is strongly critical of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s recently released draft conceptual plan for the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail that is still awaiting a legal determination in court. TRAC is a citizen group made up ...

(Image provided by John Lanahan)

Comments on the trail plan

First, the process by which comments have been collected on this ongoing issue has been less than satisfactory. There are several questions that myself and my neighbors in Lake Clear have asked and never gotten answers for over the years that this process has dragged on for. The stakeholders ...