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Announcement was surprisingly decisive

July 11, 2014

A bold compromise — that’s how we see what the state departments of Transportation and Environment Conservation announced Wednesday....

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Jul-12-14 7:10 AM

bjccd5: It was surprising because the state has been so indecisive about this travel corridor int he last few years as this debate has raged.

-Peter Crowley, managing editor

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Jul-11-14 7:00 PM

Why so surprisingly??? This should have reopened years ago! The train has a place and a profit on the southern end. The Old Forge to Saranac Lake should be opened up for recreational use and keep the SL to Lake Placid rail for the few that enjoy it. In particular in the winter time, LP doesn't need the snow mobile tourism as they are already reaping the ORDA venue cash flow (although not too efficiently apparently). Saranac Lake to Old Forge w/out tracks would create Millions of dollars every year. Interesting to watch this debacle unfold!

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Jul-11-14 10:17 AM

This is a good start. There is no demand for rail service, either passenger or freight, nor will there be so lets go over that right away. Fixing the rails is not a rehab job, it would be full blown reconstruction so the $45 million is probably low. Last but not least, Tupper Lake is the gateway into Franklin Co. for snowmobiles from the south so build the trail the entire 90 miles and lets move on!

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