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Don’t remove the rails

November 24, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Removing the train tracks all the way to Lake Placid is shortsighted at best. What Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates is missing is that all the supposed cyclists who will materialize will spend enough money to buy a drink and a bit of food. Very few will spend enough to make an appreciable difference in any business coffers. Also, the decrying of Pullman service makes it obvious that the naysayers have no clue what it's like and who likes to travel that way.

As a former elite-level cyclist who trained at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and who grew up on Mount Arab Lake along the tracks, I can attest to the splendor or riding a train along the corridor. Also, if the tracks are rehabilitated to be able to handle passenger trains, then they can be used for freight also. That is the most efficient way to move bulk goods such as lumber, propane, oil, etc.

Am I to infer that ARTA wants MORE vehicular traffic in the Park in the future, and to transport goods in the least efficient way possible? That doesn't sound like a way to promote the Park or to make the residents' lives better. Well done, ARTA.

Mike Jankowski

Austin, Texas



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