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Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor

September 2013 Public Meetings

The Commissioners of the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation will hold four public meetings in an effort to gather information from the public and stakeholder groups to determine whether to amend the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (PDF) (473 KB). The plan, adopted by DEC and DOT in March 1996, assesses the natural and physical resources along the 100-foot-wide travel corridor and identifies opportunities for public use. It guides how the corridor is used and managed.

Public meetings were held on:

  • Monday, September 9 at the Town of Webb Park Avenue Office Building, 183 Park Avenue, Old Forge
  • Tuesday, September 10 at the DEC Region 5 Headquarters, 1115 State Route 86, Ray Brook
  • Monday, September 16 at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica
  • Tuesday, September 17 at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake

The sessions included a presentation by the state agencies and informational stations where the public could give state agency staff their comments and ideas verbally or in writing.

View Full Press Release for additional meeting information.

View September 2013 Public Meeting Presentation (PDF) (1.4 MB)


History

The Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is a railroad right-of-way approximately 119 miles long and generally 100 feet wide. Constructed in 1892 by William Seward Webb, the line was operated continuously by the New York Central Railroad, and then the Penn Central Railroad, until freight service ceased in 1972. In 1974, the Corridor was purchased by New York State. In 1977, the State leased the line to the Adirondack Railway Corporation. After the bankruptcy of the lessee, and following a long period of litigation, the State acquired the remainder of the lease in 1991.

Later in 1991, an Interdepartmental Task Force (or planning team) composed of representatives of the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was formed to develop a management plan for the 119-mile Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor. Three public forums were held in October of that year to assess public opinion regarding the Corridor's future. More than five hundred individuals attended the forums and nearly one hundred of them gave spoken comments. The written and spoken comments were overwhelmingly in support of:

  • Resumption of full rail service between Remsen and Lake Placid.
  • Recreational use of the Corridor, particularly by snowmobiles.

Following the forums, the Commissioners of DOT and DEC appointed a twenty-four member Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to consult with the Task Force in the development of the plan. Membership of the CAC included representatives of each of the counties crossed by the Corridor, members of the business community, landowners, sportsmen, environmentalists, railroad interests and recreationists. The Planning Team completed the Draft Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor Management Plan/EIS in consultation with the Citizen Advisory Committee in September, 1994. Following public review, the Final Plan was approved in March of 1996.

View 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan/EIS (PDF) (473 KB)