New York moving ahead with plan to remove parts of Adirondack Scenic tracks

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State officials are continuing with their efforts to tear out part of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad's tracks to create a rail trail. Two state agencies have issued a document defining the scope of the project and are formally requesting public comment.

The plan would include the "removal of rails and ties for the creation of a rail trail along the 34-mile segment of the Corridor from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid, with 85 miles of the Corridor south of Tupper Lake to be upgraded for train service," according to the document, which also outlines possible benefits and adverse impacts from the work.

The state departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation are the lead agencies involved. Documents about the project are available online. 

An earlier attempt by the state to remove the state-owned tracks came to a halt in 2017 when a lawsuit filed by the railroad resulted in a judge ruling that the land in question was defined as a travel corridor. Under the then state definition, this meant only a railroad or a highway could be located there.

The Adirondack Park Agency, which oversees the land in question, voted in December to amend the definition of travel corridor to include rail trail.

The comment period for the draft scope document is open until Aug. 10.

Comments may be mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254, or e-mailed to adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

An Adirondack Scenic representative declined to comment at this time.

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