UTICA, N.Y. -- Public hearings on proposed changes to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad are drawing a steady crowd ready to debate.
A hearing Monday at the state office building in Utica was the DEC's third public comment session on the railway.
The DEC is trying to decide what to do with a section of railway from Remsen to Lake Placid. One group wants to keep the rails. Another wants to transform sections into a trail.
The DEC says right now, they're just listening to the public.
"The railroad, their proposal is fix the tracks from Big Moose up to Saranac and close the hole where they can't operate. For the trail advocates, primarily it has been Thendara to Lake Placid, take the tracks up, put a multi-use path in there that bicyclists and walkers and snowmobiles can use," said Raymond Hesinger, DOT Office of Integrated Modal Services Director.
There's another public hearing Tuesday in Tupper Lake.
Department of Transportation officials say public comment ends September 25th. They might make recommendations by the end of the year.