Doesn't look good for the trail people...
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Public hearings begin for rail corridor use in North Country
by Lindsay Boyle
Posted Oct. 28, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
Almost everyone agrees the 119-mile Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor is important, but many disagree on the best way to use it.
In July, the departments of transportation and of environmental conservation decided to re-examine the plan governing the corridor, specifically to see if the Tupper Lake to Lake Placid segment should be converted into a rail trail.
At Tuesday night’s public meeting in Utica, which is the first of four, DEC Director of Lands and Forests RobDavies and DOT Freight and Passenger Rail Bureau Director Ray Hessinger said the costs of maintaining a rail or a trail would be almost identical, but that rehabilitating a track for 40 mph trains would cost less than creating a 10- to 12-foot-wide trail.
Using similar trails and railroads as comparisons, the DOT and DEC believe an Adirondack rail trail could attract about 70,000 annual users, while the scenic railroad could see about 200,000 riders per year if expanded.