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Does anyone care if it’s a rail or trail?

December 1, 2011
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Perhaps you should give it some thought; it will probably affect you.

Which will produce the most jobs? Studies show recreational trails do hands down, and jobs mean benefits to everybody. The restaurant, the motel, the gas station and so on - even the resident populations - are proven to increase in trail areas. Which will bring the most people (money)? Both are speculative, but as Old Forge will tell you, while the train is impressive on brochures, it's a drop in the bucket when compared to the economic benefit from the snowmobilers. And studies claim tourist bicyclers spend even more. Lots of trails and only one train? Almost true, but why did the train fade away, and what are the benefits from the nearby Amtrak train? This trail venue would be a national attraction (Camoin and Associates' words), while local trails are great but far from the same thing.

Where does the money go? Well, if people spend 35 to 40 bucks locally or $75 to more than $100 from Utica, that's not spent in town and definitely not at your place off the track. Most people who use these trails need to drive to a local base and then spread out all over the areas. So let's celebrate putting in "The Tie" and waiting to see what the affect will be in 10 or more years, or just say "no" to the track and yes to a trail, which we could have in less than two years (estimated maximum salvage time by National Salvage and Service).

Scott Thompson

Norridgewock Hotel

Beaver River



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