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Rail-trail debate (news)

Breaking ground on the Rail Trail

TUPPER LAKE — After years of negotiations that were often as stalled as the trains that used to run on the now-overgrown tracks between Utica and Lake Placid, the New York State Department of Transportation finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail this week. The $1.9 million ...

Progress made on Ulster County rail trails

NEW PALTZ — Popular efforts to convert former rail lines into biking and hiking trails, across Ulster County and the state, are making steady progress near New Paltz. A trio of nonprofits — the Open Space Institute, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Hudson River Valley Greenway ...

Locomotive arrives for proposed scenic rail ride between Lowville, Carthage

LOWVILLE — A train enthusiast’s dream of developing a scenic railroad from Lowville to Carthage is on track to become a reality with the delivery of a locomotive by truck from Pennsylvania on Thursday morning. Railstar Corp. Chief Executive Officer Ronald J. Trottier, having operated ...

APA OKs state rail-trail plan

The state Adirondack Park Agency on Thursday approved a revised plan for the railroad line that connects the Utica area to Lake Placid. The plan will create a recreation trail in the heart of the Adirondacks while preserving part of the rail line for scenic train service. The plan, ...

Rail trail decision slated at online APA meeting

RAY BROOK — The long-running rail-trail issue is up for a vote this Thursday as the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners holds its monthly meeting on the WebEx videoconference platform. The public can watch the meeting live at http://tinyurl.com/APAMonthly2020May or by ...

APA starts public comment on rail trail

RAY BROOK — The Adirondack Park Agency announced a public comment period for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance on proposals from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend the 1996 Remsen - Lake Placid Travel ...

Revolution Rail gets Warren County approval for more rail bike routes

Revolution Rail Co. will offer “rail bike” trips on three scenic sections of rails in the region this year, thanks to a new agreement with Warren County leaders to expand operations. The company will be able to offer pedal-powered rides on sections of railroad tracks in Warren, ...

Rail-trail hearings wrap up

LAKE PLACID — It was deja vu all over again ... again, and state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman David Winchell was quoting Yogi Berra. Winchell started the second of four public hearings on the state’s new draft amendment of the 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid travel ...

The people speak

TUPPER LAKE — At the first of four public hearings on the state’s new draft amendment of 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor unit management plan, the public voiced its many ideas and opinions about the plan for state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation ...

Scenic Railroad still opposes state plan

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, has clarified that it is not on board with New York state’s plan to replace 34 miles of Adirondack railroad tracks with a trail. A quote from ARPS board President Bill Branson, praising the ...

APA board gets look at new rail-trail plans

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board on Thursday heard a presentation on a new plan connecting trains with trails, from Remsen to Lake Placid. Last December the APA changed the State Land Master Plan’s definition of a “travel corridor” to more clearly allow for the ...

State unveils new rail trail plan

The state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation released a draft unit management plan amendment for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Tuesday evening. As with an earlier version, the proposed amendment calls for train tracks along a 34-mile stretch between Tupper ...

APA addresses subdivision, boat wash, utility poles, rail trail

RAY BROOK — At the second day of its regular monthly meeting on Friday, the state Adirondack Park Agency board approved a subdivision in Black Brook, a comment period for a boat wash and a general permit for the replacement of utility poles. The agency board also learned that a state ...

Rail trail plan filed with Park Agency

RAY BROOK — Adirondack Park Agency staff said Friday that a state plan for a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake could come before the board next month. APA staff said they have received a draft unit management plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, and said it was ...

Washout fix on track

LAKE CLEAR — A massive washout under the railroad tracks of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is in the process of being repaired, as contractors begin to make their way to the remote location. The state Department of Transportation, which manages the state-owned, 112-mile ...

State previews rail-trail plan, takes comments

SARANAC LAKE — As the state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation get ready to release a plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, the DEC has purchased several parcels of land in Saranac Lake. The DEC and DOT are expected to release a unit management plan ...

Railroad switches director

UTICA — Jack Roberson has resigned as executive director of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and Justin Gonyo, former general manager of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, has been appointed interim ...

Tracks will remain idle this summer, without rail bikes or trains

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes tracks of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor will remain idle this summer. Last year, the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, which operated tourist trains between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid under the Adirondack Scenic Railroad name between 2000 and ...

DEC leader: A detailed Tri-Lakes rail trail plan coming soon

RAY BROOK — A controversial state project to convert an Adirondack railroad into a trail will have detailed plans available for review soon, according to the regional head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann said after Friday’s ...

Warren County sues former railroad operator

QUEENSBURY — Warren County has sued the company that formerly ran a railroad on the county-owned rail line for unpaid revenue, a lawsuit that also names the town of Corinth as a defendant. The county filed sued in state Supreme Court last week, naming Saratoga & North Creek Railway; ...