Politicians hail fed decision on Tahawus railroad line

Proposal now qualifies for class exemption

Saratoga-North Creek Railway at the North Creek train station

Saratoga-North Creek Railway at the North Creek train station Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The railway’s owner, Iowa Pacific Holdings, has been seeking common carrier status for months from the Federal Surface Transportation Board, and today’s announcement means that this project can move forward and deliver a number of benefits to the local economy. The status will allow the railroad to haul freight from multiple businesses along the line. The federal board late last year denied the company’s original application, which has since been altered to better meet the environmental concerns of certain stakeholders. Today’s announcement means that the STB has approved of these changes. The lawmakers noted that the reconstruction of the Tahawus line would cut down the number of trucks required for this work, by an estimated 2 million truck loads over the course of the project, and would significantly reduce truck traffic and their harmful emissions in the Adirondacks.

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