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February 13, 2013

Tupper asks DOT to evaluate railroad use

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TUPPER LAKE —

“The trail advocates think if you open the line up tomorrow, there will be 200 snowmobiles a day in Tupper Lake. We have use of the corridor for snowmobiles now and that doesn’t happen.

“I’m for finding a way for shared use. If we can get $3.64 billion for a new Tappan Zee Bridge over eight years, then we can get $50 million to do both railroad upgrades and a bike path beside or around the tracks.”

IMPACT AREA

About 50 people spoke to the issue ahead of the Village Board’s vote, Maroun said.

The railroad corridor has an expansive impact area, transecting 10 towns and six upstate counties: Oneida, Herkimer, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Essex and Franklin.

About 87 percent of the 119-mile railroad line is inside the Adirondack Park; only 46 miles are bordered by State Forest Preserve land.

The rest is bordered by numerous private landowners.

Email Kim Smith: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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