To the elected officials of Ulster County
My name is Richard Frisbie. I’m a voting resident and business owner in Ulster County. I greatly resent the County’s attempt to remove an important historical element of our cultural heritage – the rails that follow the Rt 28 corridor west from Kingston to Belleayre and beyond.
Instead, I wish the legislature would instruct the executive to release the funds to repair the rails and endorse train traffic for tourism, commuting and freight – in effect providing options to insure the future economic growth of Ulster County.
We have a generation of millennials, now the largest block of our population, who eschew car ownership. Many don’t even have a driver’s license. Yet we are committing them to restricted access to vast recreational areas of Ulster County and the Catskills by eliminating the rails. A dangerous and congested Rt 28, an access destined to become even more so as development along the corridor continues to grow, will remain the only option unless you insist the rails remain.
To do less is short-sighted and against the wishes of a majority of Ulster residents.
The Catskill Mountain Railroad is one of the top tourism draws in Ulster County. A rail trail along the tracks is feasible and would only increase tourism. Please, don’t replace one with the other, move to make both part of our long term economic goals. Ulster County will be better for it.
Thank you for your attention
15 Jane Street
Saugerties NY 12477