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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ulster County lawmakers endorse plan for trail only on Kingston-to-Ashokan rail corridor

Daily Freeman story:

The Ulster County Legislature has made it county policy that the former Ulster and Delaware rail corridor that stretches from the city of Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir be converted to trail use when the county’s lease with the Catskill Mountain Railroad ends in 2016.

Ulster County Legislators voted 18-4 on Tuesday to adopt a resolution that adopts the “segmented trail and rail” plan championed by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. That plan calls for a walking trail only from Kingston to the western side of the Ashokan Reservoir and a tourist train between Mount Tremper and Phoenicia.

But legislators didn’t completely give up on the prospect of a future railroad operation in the corridor. Among the amendments made to the resolution is one that requires legislative approval to remove any railroad tracks.

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