RAILROAD ABANDONMENT NOTICES FOR YOUR STATE VIA E-MAIL
On or about December 8, 2009, Regional
Rail Right of Way Company filed for the abandonment of 5.34 miles of track in Collin
and Dallas Counties, Texas. We are providing this
information because it presents an opportunity to develop a real regional
asset: a multi-use trail that can accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and
other appropriate uses.
NEXT STEPS: If this corridor is suitable for trail use, we
strongly urge local trail advocates, or an appropriate local, regional or state
agency or organization, to take action now. A "boiler plate" letter (found here)
can be filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the abandoning
railroad using STB docket number AB-1050 (sub-no. 0x).
Filing this letter does not commit its authors to acquire the corridor; it
merely gives time to develop a rail-trail proposal and undertake negotiations
with the railroad. According to the information we have received, the deadline
for filing this letter is January 7, 2010. Even
if this deadline is missed, there is probably still time to contact the
relevant parties, since the railroad may have experienced a delay in filing all
of the paperwork, or the STB may still have jurisdiction over the corridor.
However, it is important to take prompt action. The STB posts all abandonment
decisions and filings on its Web site, including the complete filing for this corridor. More
information on the rail corridor, including a map, can be found in this filing.
The STB has imposed a $200 filing fee for all railbanking
requests. Entities filing a railbanking
request may request a fee waiver or reduction, and government agencies will
receive an automatic fee waiver. Throughout the process, make sure local
government officials and citizen activists are kept informed of the project's
progress. We also recommend contacting your state trails
coordinator or your state
Both of these individuals are knowledgeable about state laws
and resources and may be able to assist your community with this rail-trail
project. Also, you may want to contact the abandoning railroad
to add your name to their service list.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE: RTC's Web site may provide
valuable tools as you plan for a rail-trail, including how-to manuals, the
Trail-Building Toolbox, our Publications Library and the Trails & Greenways
Listserv for trail advocates and professionals. These resources can be found
within the "Trail-Building"
section of our Web site. If you take advantage of this information and other
resources promptly, you will be well on your way to creating a successful
rail-trail in your community. For more information, or if you decide to pursue
railbanking, please contact the National Office
of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.