Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor: The Future is Up to Us!
It is clear to anyone who has ridden snowmobile trails in the
Adirondack Park that the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor is the most
important trail in the Adirondack Park. It is the spine that spans most of
the Park and connects dozens of snowmobile trails to each other. It is also
clear that if the rails are removed on that section of the corridor where
train service cannot be provided, our use of the corridor would be expanded
for many more weeks if not months.
Many of us at NYSSA have written about this corridor over the
years. We have encouraged our members to work with Adirondack Recreation
Trail Advocates and others who want to see this corridor put to better
In 2016 NYS Departments of Transportation and Environmental
Conservation put forth a plan (UMP amendment) which would remove the rail
from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake and offered to the railroad community the
promise of rail improvements from Tupper Lake to Big Moose Station. With
improvement, the tracks could once again carry passengers.
At NYSSA we recognized that the proposal was an attempt by the
State at compromise. Unfortunately, the railroad interests did not and
brought an action against the State to stop the plan. For numerous technical
reasons the plan was thrown out by the court and the State has been forced to
start from the beginning.
Since 1996 snowmobile clubs have had access to the corridor to
operate a trail on the rail. During the same time, we have waited patiently
for the railroad to undertake the improvements the 1996 plan envisioned. What
improvements have been done have only been accomplished with the infusion of
significant state taxpayer dollars.
The railroad’s court action has now resulted in considerable
degradation of the rail corridor. Improvements to allow for passenger service
will involve the investment of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars which
would be in search of passengers for the rail. The passengers are just not
there in sufficient numbers to support the rail into the future, and there is
Soon, but with no firm date announced, the State will once
again propose a plan for the corridor. NYSSA is convinced that the time for
compromise has passed. It is time for the rail to come up from Big Moose
Station to Lake Placid and develop the corridor into a world class four
season multi use trail.
Please join your fellow snowmobiler, hiker, biker and outdoor
enthusiast in our “Rails Up” campaign by circulating and signing
petition or modify the attached draft
letter and send it to the Governor and or the Commissioners of DOT and
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo|
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224 Click here to read a resolution adopted by the NYSSA Board of Directors on February 2, 2019.