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Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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 ...

Bogus claims cloud rail-trail debate

Dear Gov. Cuomo: New York state has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to prop up Adirondack Scenic Railroad operations along the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor — for example, recently providing $791,000 for ASR’s new maintenance facility in north Utica. However, ASR President Bill ...

DOT, ASR let corridor crumble

It’s been said that it is hard to imagine a worse or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. The current management of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is proof of this remark. Anyone that has ...

‘Climate change and reality.’ Really?

Keith Gorgas’ guidance for young climate activists (“Climate change and reality,” Adiorndack Daily Enterprise Guest Commentary, Sept. 23) is, “First of all, we must look at the whole picture,” and examine how complex some environmental issues are. “Secondly, we must act locally in ...

Climate change and reality

Seeing pictures and reading the report of some many young people assembled in Saranac Lake to voice their concerns about the destruction of our environment was both heartwarming and nostalgic to me. Back in 1963, the late Geraldine Dodge enlisted me as one of her “child warriors” to help ...

Save the rails to save the climate

To the editor: Missed the Aug. 10 comment deadline on the latest plans to turn the rail line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a trail? Don’t worry. The only comments that matter are made behind closed doors in Albany. The stage is being set for a giant economic and environmental ...

The Adirondack travel corridor: boondoggle or public benefit?

Bill Branson of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad wants to take over all of the state-owned travel corridor that runs from Remsen (21 miles north of Utica) 119 miles north to Lake Placid. This would extend his Utica-based tourist train route to 140 miles, twice the length of any other tourist ...

Extend rail trail to Big Moose

To: John Schmid, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254; adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov ---  Dear Sir, I am responding to DEC and the state Department of Transportation’s request for suggestions for future use of the Remsen-Lake Placid ...

Ruminations (in verse) on rail vs. trail

To the editor: - Yes railroads are great, except when they’re not. In the Adirondack forest, the tourist train is fraught. - Remsen to Lake Placid, their 119-mile Cloud Nine, Having failed for years to deliver, they still want all that line. - Claim a zillion miles per ...

A railroad to Lake Placid is not sustainable

To date, the rail-vs.-trail debate has mostly touted the competing benefits of the different possible uses of the Adirondack rail corridor. By now, most readers have heard those arguments those ad infinitum. Mostly left out of the debate, however, is any discussion of just who and how many ...

Let’s get on with it!

Ken Youngblood’s recent letter to the Enterprise envisioned the delights of a rail trail on the obsolete railroad corridor connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Let’s hope that, 10 years after this idea was seized upon by a newly formed group called Adirondack Recreational ...

Legacy Trail in Florida attracts hundreds of thousands

To the editor: I took this picture of a poster on a storyboard along Venice, Florida’s Legacy Trail. Read what it has to say. A mere 10-mile initial stretch attracted over 240,000 bicyclers, skateboarders, joggers and walkers during the first 10 years of the trail’s existence. Due to ...

Adirondack Rail Trail change in the language

To the editor: The Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation and the people are waiting for the change in the corridor definition and the results, but that is not the only language that needs to be changed. In articles and comments about the rail trail, you will ...

End the fantasy of ASR extension

All should applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to construct a 34-mile rail trail connecting Lake Placid with Tupper Lake. This recreational resource will broadly benefit the region by expanding demand for lodging, meals, bicycle and snowmobile rental and service, provisions, entertainment, etc. ...