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Rail/trail debate (opinion)

Middle solution for railroad

To the editor: As a longtime property owner in both the Beaver River and Old Forge areas, the town of Beaver River is a landlocked region. Unlike Old Forge, there are no roads accessing this area ever since the reservoir was flooded around the turn of the last century. This is both a draw ...

Off the rails again

Boy, I wish I was going to be around 50 years from now to overhear a conversation with a group dedicated to solving the transportation problem in the Adirondacks. So many cars, so many people, a toll booth at Exit 30 of the Northway. Two hundred dollars for two days, and don’t violate the ...

DOT awards track rebuilding contract Thursday

To the editor: The history of rails in the Adirondacks is well known. From the days of logging and mining to the Great Camps of the rich and famous, railroads took advantage of the Adirondacks and the Adirondacks of the railroads. Today the well-protected Forest Preserve is for recreation ...

Commentary on the APA decision

The May 14 decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to approve the so-called compromise plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor was not a surprise. This has been the only option allowed on the table since the Cuomo administration decreed it, and everything since has been stacking the ...

Travel corridor plan needs work

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s long-awaited amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor management plan has reached the Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook for a determination of compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. This is the second time ...

Boondoggle vs. bonanza

First, I offer my solace to those throughout New York state affected by the coronavirus. The following is from my submission to the Adirondack Park Agency regarding the state’s plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The state proposes to convert the 34 miles of railroad between ...

The trail option is blatantly obvious

I know to many this is not the most important consideration of the time, but it certainly adds to the preference of the trail over restoring rail service on the Thendara-to-Lake Placid travel corridor. Open, outdoor activity vs. mass transportation seating on trains? The current plan for ...

An open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about Bill Branson

Gov. Cuomo, as a leader in the effort to convert the travel corridor connecting the Tri-Lakes area into a recreational trail for residents and visitors, for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and winter sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, you should know that Bill Branson’s latest ...

In the ongoing rail-trail debate, consider locals vs. non-locals

I write in response to the recent commentary by Dick Beamish regarding the rail-trail debate and in particular my prior writing about the Virginia Creeper Trail. Before the lesson begins, I first want to point out to Mr. Beamish his incomplete knowledge of tourism and especially how tourist ...

Inaccurate estimates used to support train

To the editor: Gary Landrio must certainly know about inaccurate usage estimates, because I know of two estimates he referenced in his commentary that turned out to be inaccurate. Mr. Landrio said he worked on the business plan for the Adirondack Centennial Railroad that operated in 1992 ...

Ten years of wishful thinking

Ten years ago, the debate over rail vs. trail began in earnest, and the proponents on both sides are still going strong. The debate has been centered on the best use of the old railroad line connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Many see this 34-mile stretch of publicly owned ...

Going back to the rail system could help in a lot of ways

After reading a letter to the editor from Michael Wright in Damascus, Virginia, I thought, I have been there about six times; have I missed something? So I decided to do some research, and I called some local people and businesses in Virginia about the Virginia Creeper Trail. As I ...

Trail has been great for Damascus, Va.

Re: “Correcting the rail-trail record”: I would like to provide a bit of information regarding Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s “Correcting the rail-trail record” column from Jan 7. I think that his using a 20-year-old study is a bit misleading in his ...

Rail-trail debate mustn’t be guided by inaccurate usage estimates

(Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, which would convert 34 miles of railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a multi-use trail and upgrade 45 miles ...

Railroad fell short in several ways

The recent commentary by Bill Branson, “Correcting the rail-trail record,” is actually what is in need of correcting. Mr. Branson continues to repeat the charge that the economic benefits of rail operations have not materialized because “New York State has never fulfilled its ...

Bill Branson, take a hike

 Bill Branson has again misleadingly claimed that rail is better than trail for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (“Correcting the rail-trail record,” Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Jan. 7), asserting that pro-trail arguments are based on “incorrect facts and bad logic.” Let’s ...

Today is last day to comment on rail-trail plan

To the editor: Jan. 8 is officially the last day to comment on the state’s unit management plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. Send comments to John Schmid at adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov. Comments on the pros and cons of the trail vs. rail restoration are mostly what-ifs, ...

Correcting the rail-trail record

My concerns result from the Guest Commentary in the Dec. 20, 2019, Adirondack Daily Enterprise that presented arguments in favor of rail removal between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The commentary relied on incorrect facts and bad logic. I am compelled to correct the record. First, the ...

Big win for Tupper, giant loss for Saranac Lake

It would appear the people and businesses of Saranac Lake will be the biggest losers in New York state’s most recent plan to destroy the northern end of the Adirondack railroad. The merchants and politicians of Lake Placid are probably correct in believing they need not be connected to the ...

Ripping up tracks makes no sense

To: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Re: Future of the Adirondack Railroad between Remsen and Lake Placid, and changes to unit management plan - The DEC and state of New York are still itching to tear up the rails between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. I have ...