The groups involved say this agreement provides tremendous opportunities for every community along the Adirondack Railway; that means tourism, recreation and economic development. But not everyone agrees. The Tug Hill Commission and Northern Oneida Council held a public meeting in Boonville tonight and some community members say there's more than meets the eye.
"The train lovers want it, rail people love it, the rest of the people..(shakes head)" says Tim Treyvas, Boonville resident.
The Northern Oneida County Council held a public hearing for residents to voice their opinions.
"It's a wonderful opportunity," says an advocate.
"We got roads falling apart, bridges falling apart, and you people wanna spend money on this boondaggle?" says an opponent.
"Bringing trains up, even just 1 train a year, it now makes that a working railroad, we can't have a trail on a working railroad, its against New York State law," says Jim Rolf, New York State Snowmobile Association.
Members of the Snowmobile Association say this will hurt tourism.
"$866 million dollars a year is what snowmobiling means to New York State, so this is a vital link into the Adirondacks, its permitted, and we don't want to lose that," says Rolf.
But the President of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society says this will mean just the opposite for tourism.
"Bringing new people from out of the area would allow people to enjoy the Adirondacks, the various communities, and all the things that are availble to them in the mountains," says Bill Branson, President of Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society.
And Branson says they've been working on this proposal for quite a while.
"The goal of the state and our railroad is to get a line completed from Utica to Lake Placid. It was operating once in the 1980s and we think it is the epitome of economic development," says Branson.
And some community members agree.
"We been too hesitant to speak and act in our own interests, it seems to me, and this is an opportunity that's begging for us to support it," says Tim Trent, Utica resident.