To the editor:
The rail trail is the "next big thing." As a new venue, the promotional possibilities are endless. Besides all the great amenities the Adirondacks offers, one of the most important is the psychological perception of freedom: doing what you want, when you want, at your own pace, at some times in solitude. As residents and service providers, our economy is very much dependent on enhancing that experience.
The snowmobile use that exists now under permit from the state Department of Transportation would easily double in this corridor with no more investment than removing the rails and ties. The trail use in non-snow months would be immediate at no cost and improve exponentially as the surface and facilities are enhanced; it does not have to be complete for this to work! Join www.theARTA.org; get involved; let's get it done!
Scott S. Thompson