Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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 ...

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 ...

Keep railroad; drop new hotel

To the editor: Hard to believe more people are not concerned about the rails being torn up between Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Our railroad stations and tracks are a rich piece of history. What if we want to haul freight in the future? Any mode of transportation is ...

People should appreciate Rail Explorers

To the editor: Imagine a baseball stadium full of fans. There are families, tiny babies, creaky-boned seniors, wheelchair-bound adventurers and diverse visitors from all over the U.S. and the world. Some are Red Sox fans, some prefer the Yankees, most are still excited over the Cubs taking ...

Snowmobiles are parked outside Norridgewock III in Beaver River.
(Photo provided)

No building necessary, they just come

To the editor: As the only year-round hospitality business on the corridor between Big Moose and Tupper Lake, it seems odd that NO ONE, in the state or even the railroad, for that matter, has asked what we think is best or why they think they could make it better by restoring and operating a ...

A year of folly on rails vs. trail

With 2016 winding to a close, now is a time to take stock of the rail-vs.-trail situation. It has been an eventful year. The state’s decision to go ahead with the so-called compromise plan was followed by some big changes at the Adirondack Park Agency. While not all related to the ...

Will rail trail bikers have group limits?

To the editor: To Robert Stegeman, Region 5 director, state Department of Environmental Conservation: To Paul Maroun, mayor, village of Tupper Lake: You may wish to put the following on the agenda of your “closed door meetings” or “stakeholder meetings.” When Rail Explorers ...

Why is state stalling on railroad suit?

To the editor: Once again, New York state has asked for and gotten a delay in Article 78 proceeding that the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society has brought against the various state agencies who accepted Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ plan for the destruction of the ...

It would be a disgrace to lose the train

To the editor:Earlier this autumn I rode the Adirondack Scenic Railroad out of Lake Placid, and I hope to be able to do this again. The volunteers are probably the nicest bunch of people anyone will ever meet, and I enjoyed my afternoon immensely.It is an absolute disgrace what Adirondack ...

ARTA true to the primary objective

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates has taken several initiatives to use its organization to augment the proposed trail section from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid for maximum economic and recreational benefit. Working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of ...

Include Tri-Lakes Snowmobilers

To the editor:As a lifelong resident and avid snowmobiler, I find it inexcusable that the president of the Tri-Lakes Snowmobilers, Brian Durkee, was not even approached to be a part of the rail trail discussion. Lake Placid is represented by Mr. McCulley. Mr. Durkee represents the Saranac Lake, ...

It ain’t over till it’s over

As Garrison Keillor never said, "It has not been a quiet few weeks in the Tri-Lakes." Every day there's something new in the rail-trail fight.-The moose in the room-Official justifications for the rail trail gloss over the agenda behind it. Wilderness advocates, snowmobilers, developers, ...

Rail trail success will be largely up to villages

Like it or not, the state has decided to take out the tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake and use the state-owned travel corridor as a path for bike riders, pedestrians, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. A lawsuit stands in the way, but still, state officials are planning out the ...

Don’t plan rail trail details in secret

When a town, village or school board holds a budget workshop, it must, by law, announce it publicly, and anyone is welcome to come and watch how the sausage is made, so to speak.Even if officials don't let people speak up during the workshops, reserving on-the-record public comment for regular ...

What does ARTA really want?

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates claim ripping out tracks all the way back to Thendara for a trail will flood the Tri-Lakes with visitors, create jobs and be a wonderful thing for locals. ARTA has lots to say - but is sending mixed messages that don't add up and is using other tactics ...

A lesson from the Emerald Isle

The "If you build it, they will come" proclamation - from the movie "Field of Dreams" - isn't always accurate. However, upon completion of the Great Western Greenway in Ireland, "they" arrived in large numbers and are still coming.At just over 26 miles, the GWG is a walking and predominantly ...