Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor - Unit Management Plan
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.
DEC and the Department of Transportation completed a Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor in 1996. The UMP provided for continuation and expansion of rail use along the entire length of the Corridor and prescribed the development of a parallel trail where feasible. The Plan concluded that both the rail and trail potential of the corridor should be developed and that no action should be taken to eliminate the rail potential of any segment of the corridor.
Download the UMP
2015 Draft UMP Amendment/Draft SEIS
During the past 19 years, the rail infrastructure has been upgraded to support passenger trains between Remsen and Big Moose Station and between Saranac Lake and end of the line in Lake Placid. Opportunities to develop a full-length, continuous parallel trail along the Lake Placid to Ray Brook segment of the Corridor were investigated by the Town of North Elba and also examined by DEC, DOT and APA staff. Due to the existence of extensive wetlands along this segment and legal limitations for moving trail segments onto neighboring Forest Preserve lands, it has been determined that the establishment of a parallel trail which avoids wetland impacts is not physically or economically feasible. Thus having "rails with trails" is no longer considered a viable option on much of the Corridor.
This 2015 UMP Amendment proposes a new alternative which calls for bolstering rail service between Remsen and Tupper Lake - which includes the extension of operating rail service 45 miles from the Big Moose Station to the Tupper Lake Station - and for the conversion of the Corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to a 34 mile multi-use recreational trail.
Public Comment Opportunities
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Tupper Lake Middle-High School at 25 Chaney Avenue in Tupper Lake. Written comments will also be accepted until July 27, 2015. Please submit comments to:
John Schmid, Natural Resources Planner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254
More about Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor - Unit Management Plan:
- 2014 Remsen Lake Placid Travel Corridor Fact Sheet - Facts learned during DOT's & DEC's 2013 public outreach effort regarding the future of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.