The tourism train in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid has been controversial, with big debates over its popularity and economic viability, but the private operators of a tourism route from Saratoga Springs to North Creek say business is booming.
According to the Glens Falls Post Star, ridership has been so good that the company has had to arrange for more parking.
For Ed Ellis, owner of Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC, the railway’s parent company, it’s not a bad problem to have less than five months after opening.
“That’s how wildly successful it’s been,” Ellis said during a visit to the train station Thursday. “If anything, we were conservative in our business plan. The ridership has been more than expected.”
Ellis had expected the train would see about 38,000 riders from its first run on July 23 through the end of 2011, he said. He expects the actual total to be nearly 60,000.