The Adirondack Railroad once connected Utica and Lake Placid. Completed in 1892, this train through the Adirondack wilderness opened the region to a surge of tourists, health seekers and seasonal residents. Regular rail service on the line ended decades ago, and we now have the opportunity to convert the first 34 miles of this historic corridor into one of the nation's premier, year-round recreation trails for bicyclists, runners, walkers, birders, wheelchair users, and for greatly improved snowmobiling from December through March. The trail will serve young families, senior citizens, commuters, and long-distance adventurers. It will enable residents and visitors of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy safe, healthful exercise, commune with nature, and soak up Adirondack history. All this in a peaceful, safe, scenic setting along a path with no more than a 2% grade!