Adirondack Scenic Railroad removal stopped By Spectrum News Staff | September 27, 2017 @2:56 PM
"A plan by New York State to remove part of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has been stopped in its tracks.
Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned the plan, which was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year. The rail trail idea would have removed the section of tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, replacing it with a 34-mile trail for bicyclists, hikers, snowmobilers and other uses.
The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society was behind the lawsuit to stop it. Its executive director says the decision is gratifying for all the people who put a lot of hard work into growing the railroad.
"We've been really carefully expanding business, growing business," said Railroad Executive Director Bethan Maher. "We've doubled ridership, so there's a lot of positives going on, and this is really the icing on the cake, because now we know what our future looks like and we know what we need to do to keep growing and keep impacting the communities along this rail line."
The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society has been working to link Utica to Lake Placid for decades. It says the plan is still to push forward to make that happen."
"NY files notice of appeal in Adirondack rail-trail lawsuit
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —
New York state may appeal a recent court decision blocking a proposed rail-trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
The state attorney general's office filed a notice this week to appeal a state supreme court judge's decision in a lawsuit filed by the group that operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The judge found the state's plan to replace 34 miles of tracks with a multi-use trail was inconsistent with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
After many years of contentious debate over the future of the 119-mile railroad corridor from Utica to Lake Placid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a compromise plan in May 2016 to upgrade 45 miles of tracks to Tupper Lake and remove tracks from there to Lake Placid.
The scenic railroad wants all the tracks upgraded."