What follows is a statement to the press from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
“A Freedom of Information filing by the attorney for a supporter of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad provided the public comments received by the APA in response to their DSEIS amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor,” said Bill Branson, President of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. “By a significant majority, the response favored Alternative 1, take no action,” he added.
The comments in favor of Alternative 1 are compelling and well reasoned. A consequence of taking no action in this matter is that the 1996 UMP governing this important mass transportation corridor would not be altered. That UMP provides that New York State invest to upgrade the infrastructure for passenger rail service and invest in pedestrian trails to join communities where feasible.
Branson stated that fully implementing the 1996 UMP is long overdue. Failure to do so has hampered the economic development of communities all along the corridor, especially in the Tri-Lakes. Where the partnership investment has been made, tourism and excursion rail services have benefited communities from Utica to Thendara and Old Forge. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad has demonstrated the economic development value that can be delivered and it stands ready and willing to do the same all along the transportation corridor.
“We hope the Commissioners of the APA take note of and heed the weight of public comment when this matter comes before them,” Branson said in closing.
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