Mountain Lake Journal December 11, 2015
RAIL TRAIL DEBATE: Mountain Lake Journal's Jack LaDuke brings us the story of how rail supporters and historians are hoping to convince the state to reconsider a plan to tear up train tracks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid to build a multi-purpose recreation trail. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad currently runs excursions on that section of track, and wants to continue doing so. Rail supporters say the State of New York, which owns the 120-mile rail line between Utica and Lake Placid, hasn't fully weighed the historical significance of the rail line, or the economic impact the tourist train has on the region, that would be lost if the State moves ahead with the plan to tear-up the track to build a new recreation trail. In our Cover Story One-On-One, Dick Beamish, one of the founders of the group ARTA, which stands for Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, believes the benefit to the Adirondack region would be much greater if the State follows through with a plan to remove 34-miles of train tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and replaces them with a trail that could be used by hikers and bikers, and snowmobilers in the winter.
The Adirondack Park Agency is taking public comments on the proposed plan until December 18, 2015. To read the plan, and to send comments: www.apa.ny.gov
Watch our extended interview with Dick Beamish with ARTA here.