Rail/trail debate (opinion)

Don’t privatize this public asset

To the editor:"They're a great asset to locals and tourists already in the region, but accomplish very little to bring in new visitors to grow the economy." That was the judgment on rail-to-trail conversions by Alex Catchpoole and Mary-Joy Lu in a recent Enterprise commentary.These are the same ...

The NY Central never averaged 45 mph

To the editor:Robert Hest's letter of Jan. 29 must be challenged on several important points. In particular, Mr. Hest says that returning to the speeds of the railroad's "heyday" would allow trains to carry passengers from Utica to Lake Placid in just over three hours - scheduled stops ...

Urge APA to accept rail-trail compromise

To the editor:I feel it is critical for Tupper Lake's future as a travel destination that the Adirondack Park Agency approve the proposed option on the table for the C-7 travel corridor that leaves the tracks in place from Tupper Lake south and removes the rails and ties to Lake Placid. This ...

Weak transport grid needs trains

I have read and listened to the conversations that have swirled in the media for the past four years concerning whether the railroad right of way should be converted to a trail. I write to share a concern that perhaps may be shared by others who live here or visit.At various points in time, the ...

Rail vs. trail: a matter of perspective

As a relatively new resident of the Adirondacks, I've been watching with interest the debate over the Remsen-to-Lake Placid rail corridor. Anyone following this issue has already heard or read all of the pros and cons from the trail advocates and the rail supporters. Each side is equally ...

Don’t take train away from the handicapped and old

To the editor:Why would New York state want to shoot itself in the foot and inhibit economic development by limiting rail access to our marvelous Adirondacks?Let the advocates of rail removal pay for the lost revenue! Put up or shut up. Put your names and addresses here so we can send you the ...

Railroad leader wants it all

To the editor:I am writing in response to Adirondack Railway Preservation Society President and Skaneateles resident Bill Branson's recent Guest Commentary (Jan. 25), "Economic impact of rail trails." I have never met Bill Branson personally, but at a time when many - myself included - are ...

Trail argument doesn’t hold up

A classic "Saturday Night Live" sketch was a commercial for a product that was a dessert topping AND a floor wax! Much like the rail trail - all things to all people, or so Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates claims. The key question is this: What will bring in the most visitors and the ...

Let’s roll on a bike trail in Tupper-Placid corridor

To the editor:"Cycling tourism" in North America is a booming industry. Hundreds of industry professionals attended the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in San Diego last November. Their focus is on creating and developing bike-based tourism destinations. The Adirondacks should be ...

Economic impact of rail trails

I write to share my thoughts and conclusions following significant research concerning the economic impacts claimed by those who support removal of the rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to create yet another trail in the Adirondacks.The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in ...

State ignores rail bikes, which are confirmed as an attraction

The 1996 Lake Placid to Remsen unit management plan states that "Private enterprise will be provided the opportunity to develop tourist excursion, passenger, and freight rail services along the entire length of the corridor." And "In order to attract the level of investment required, the State ...

Trail access logistics and liability

Nearly all the rail trails in my area prohibit motorized use of any kind. Trail managers here strive to avoid mixing motorized off-highway vehicles, biking and pedestrian use of the trails. Motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians do not mix well sharing the same linear space under any ...

What’s wrong with this picture?

To the editor:This 1996 Skandic work sled is narrow enough to survive running between the rails, but not many do and it's a challenge. We spent the last three days cutting trees from Thendara to Sabattis, and the corridor is beautiful and would be the best trail in the region without rails - ...

Rails-to-trail would be good for business

To the editor:My grandfather E.J. Martin settled in Big Moose after working on building the Adirondack Railroad in 1892. I am a third-generation Big Moose native. I started Big Moose Yamaha in 1976 and built the business into one the largest snowmobile dealerships in New York state. I do know ...

Time’s up

I'm frustrated and perplexed by the extraordinary lack of intestinal fortitude and leadership of our elected officials. I'm not talking about global politics or world events; I'm talking about something very local: our rails or our trail.For heaven's sake! Why are the people whose livelihood ...

Dream it

I am writing to encourage the public and government officials to support the preservation and continued operation of the north end of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.Some have said the upcoming 2016 season may be the last for the northern end of the line. I strongly disagree with this idea and ...

What were they thinking?

In a stunning reversal, the town board of Harrietstown has voted for keeping the rails in place on the sadly underutilized travel corridor that runs through the Tri-Lakes area. In so doing, the board would also deny the opportunity to convert the Lake Placid-Tupper Lake section of the old rail ...

Bicyclists = wallets on wheels

I have yet to hear an argument that gives me any hope that many people will actually travel to Tupper Lake from Utica on the proposed extension of the tourist train from the south. This very long and slow-moving ride would be one that might be done once but rarely repeated, especially with ...

What about road crossings?

To the editor:I write about a concern of mine that has not been properly addressed in the long debate about what to do with the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. My concern was heightened in a recent meeting I attended, and it is this: Has the state of New York (Department of Environmental ...

Questions for Gov. Cuomo in the rail vs. trail debate

"I love the train!"We've all heard it. Most Tri-Lakes residents ride the tourist train rarely, if at all, but many still like the IDEA of a train. Perhaps we hear a train whistle and recall happy, sunny days from our youth. The problem is, that train died many decades ago. It was briefly ...