Isn’t the Catskill Mountain Railroad an “economic engine” for the County?

NO

  • The CMRR has not brought economic benefits after 30 years of operations.
  • Its annual ridership is relatively low with 12,225 riders in CMRR’s peak year.
  • Ulster County taxpayers invested in the purchase of this corridor ($1.5 million in 1979).
  • In 30 years of operation CMRR has paid a total of only $34,000 back to the county.
  • The railroad only runs seasonally, for an average of 30-40 days per year.