On February 12th, 2016 the APA voted almost unanimously to support the proposed rail-trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake and the possible extension of rail service north from Big Moose to Tupper Lake. The final step, was the May 17, 2016 formal announcement of the Governor's approval of the plan.
Following the announcement the Adirondack Scenic Railroad announced that it would file suit to block the construction of the rail-trail. For current information on the status of this suit please visit our Hot News page.
In September 2016 the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invited members of the affected communities along the 34-mile section of the trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake to join a "Stakeholders Group" that is advising DEC on trail surface, access points, safety, trail maintenance, and related topics. Meetings are being held every 2-3 weeks and will continue until a more permanent public/private steering committee or organization is chartered with trail coordination.
Removal of the rails is planned for as early as possible in 2017. Proposal Requests are being drafted for rail removal and trail construction. More information on the status of these processes and projects will be posted here as they develop.