ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan to divide a 119-mile state-owned rail corridor through the Adirondacks to extend a scenic train route and create a new multi-use trail.
Cuomo says Tuesday the state will spend $15 million to upgrade 45 miles of the rail line to extend a tourist train route originating in Utica to Tupper Lake.
Cuomo says the state will spend $8 million to remove the tracks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid and build a 34-mile community connector trail for bicyclists, hikers, snowmobilers and other users.
The Democratic governor says track removal at the Lake Placid end will start after November, with track upgrades and trail construction to be completed within the next three years.