Surface Transportation Board

Federal Board Rules On Ulster Rail Line

Jul 5, 2018
Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

An independent federal board has ruled in favor of Ulster County concerning the status of a rail corridor. The railway group that first filed the petition says the fight is not over.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

A federal board has determined a date by which Ulster County must respond to a petition calling for the county to stop removal of track near the Ashokan Reservoir for a recreational trail.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York state would take action to stop Iowa Pacific Holdings from storing rail cars in the Adirondacks. Along with issuing a cease and desist order and filing a petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board, the state asked the company that owns many of the cars to cancel its contract and remove them.  On Tuesday, Berkshire Hathaway agreed to that request.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been outlining the priorities in his upcoming State of the State address.  This week he announced that his eighth proposal for 2018 is action to stop rail car storage in the Adirondack Park.