- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators have added a second hearing on a proposal to extend a tourist train route and create a multi-use trail through the heart of the Adirondacks.

In addition to the original hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Tupper Lake, a second hearing will now be held July 20 in Utica. Advocates of extending the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to Lake Placid instead of creating a multi-use trail had requested the Utica hearing.

The state’s proposal would extend the train route on the southwestern part of a 119-mile rail corridor and convert the northeastern segment to a 34-mile recreational trail for bicycles, snowmobiles and hikers from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.

Trail advocates want the state to rip up the rails and create a 90-mile multi-use trail, while train buffs want dilapidated tracks restored.

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