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Replacing rail with trail is a good move

October 3, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

Support for using the New York Central railroad through the Adirondacks for a bicycle, walking, snowshoe trail is really a no-brainer for me. The revenue such a trail would bring to the small towns of the area would be a delightful change for the residents ... so needed. The train brings in so little revenue and interest, compared to bicyclers and hikers, that changing the rails to trails, however that can be done, seems so appropriate and right for the time.

Sharing that new pathway with snowmobiles would be charitable, but for me the evidence that snowmobiles do not stay on agreed-upon rights of way is so evident that making snowmobilers partners does not evoke my trust. However, the greater good needs to be considered, and I am willing to listen as long as the rails can be transformed to trails.

Lyn DuMoulin

Brandon, Vt.


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