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Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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. ...

Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for rail trail

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental agencies (Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track. This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap ...

Taking a closer look at Trail User Survey

To the editor: On Aug. 4, a column appeared in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise submitted by James Falcsik of Irwin, Pennsylvania, with the headline “Report disputes trail booster claims.” The report cited was “An Analysis of the 2015 Trail User Survey and Count” conducted by the New ...

Report disputes trail booster claims

The great Adirondack rail-trail debate has been raging for years. Trail boosters continue to claim economic prosperity is just around the corner, provided the rails are removed from the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and a recreational trail is built in its place. Trail boosters also ...

ARTA is trying to mislead you

The rails are quiet, but yet the hatred and deception continue ... In a column from Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ Dick Beamish once again touting the usual talking points against the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and the restoration of service on the north end of the rail line, the ...

Adirondack Rail Trail for all

I read with interest your June 28 story headlined “Railroad unveils rail bike design.” As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between ...

Shows ‘bikes’ and recreation are good uses for rail corridor

To the editor: It seems ironic that the Adirondack Scenic Railroad would propose and apparently invest in putting “bicycles” on the corridor when at the same time working hard to prevent the public recreational trail use. The former rail bike operation demonstrated the popularity of a ...

Don’t redefine travel corridors

This is an open letter to the Adirondack Park Agency: Changing the transportation corridor definition is, in my opinion, spot zoning. The intent of the change is to favor the use of the land for a subset of the public, and it reduces the number of citizens able to actually travel along the ...

People have a right to ride a train in corridor

To the editor: To the people in the state of New York: I am a train advocate. I disagree with the Adirondack Park Agency addition of a rail trail to the travel cooridor definition and replacing the tracks with a trail I cannot use. My rights are: That I have the right to use the ...