Tupper Lake will be a massive beneficiary of the State's plan to create the Adirondack Rail Trail from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake. The State also proposes bringing occasional tourist train service north from Big Moose where there has been very limited demand for transit beyond Old Forge. The President of the Adirondack Scenic Railway was quoted in a public hearing as saying "we do not want to go to Tupper Lake." Nonetheless, the plan is now what the State will do, and ARTA supports it so long as proper controls are put in place before the taxpayers are asked to build another 'bridge to nowhere'. To stress their support for the rail-trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, and the hope that their winter business could be strengthened by increased snowmobile traffic from Old Forge, 112 Tupper Lake businesses have petitioned the State to implement the plan put forward by the NYSDEC and NYSDOT as soon as possible.
August 19, 2016