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Rail or trail: 2 more public meetings scheduled on Adirondack rail corridor

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TUPPER LAKE, New York — The state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation are holding two public meetings this week on the future of the 119-mile Adirondack rail corridor from the Utica area to Lake Placid.

The agencies have proposed converting the northern part of the corridor to a recreational trail and upgrading tourist train service on the southern part. The cost is estimated at $20.8 million.

Trail advocates have been calling for the tracks to be removed to make a multi-use biking, hiking and snowmobiling trail. Railroad advocates want the state to renovate the tracks instead and build a recreational trail alongside.

At public meetings last week, transportation officials said a parallel trail along the whole length wouldn't be feasible.

Public hearings are scheduled Thursday in Tupper Lake and Friday in Lake Placid.

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