Adirondack Scenic Railroad lawsuit in limbo

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An Adirondack Scenic Railroad train in 2016.
Bob Johnston
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — It has been more than a year since the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, the operators of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, filed a lawsuit against the state of New York regarding a proposed rail trail that would replace 34 miles of tracks in upstate New York, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports.

And according to the Enterprise, there is still no time frame on when the lawsuit may be resolved.

Attorneys representing the railroad allege the state ignored economic data and the historical significance of the rail line when proposing the rail trail. The railroad alleges the state’s decision to build a rail trail was arbitrary and capricious.

At a hearing in January, a state trial court judge asked the state to provide information on conflicting title issues and the historical preservation of the rail line it was proposing to remove.

Now, it appears the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is moving forward with plans to purchase a parcel of land jointly-owned by North County Community College and Franklin and Essex counties.

The state recently informed village leaders in Saranac Lake of its intent to purchase the land located along the right-of-way of its proposed rail trail.

The land purchase decision builds upon a November 2016 request, in which the state attorney general’s office asked for a third hearing delay because the state agency could not confirm ownership of several land parcels or get letters of intent for owners to sell them.

The controversial plan calls for the removal of 34 miles of rail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake for a rail trial, while the state would fund the reconstruction of 45 miles of track from Big Moose to Tupper Lake to allow for the continuation of tourist train operations.

The lawsuit was originally filed in April 2016. 

See the original story online. 

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