Public comments sought on Adirondack rail-trail plan

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Public hearings are scheduled on plans to convert a former Adirondack rail corridor to a 34-mile recreational trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates has worked for years to bring the rail trail project to fruition. The original proposal would have converted the entire 119-mile state-owned railroad corridor from Utica to Lake Placid to a multi-use trail for biking, walking and snowmobiling. But opponents argued the state should instead renovate the railroad tracks so a tourist train operating out of Utica could extend its service.

Under a compromise plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2016, the state will convert the northern 34 miles to a trail and upgrade 45 miles of tracks to Tupper Lake.

Public comments are being taken on the proposal until Dec. 20.

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