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RTC Releases New Resource for Rails-with-Trails Projects

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Western Regional Office just released the California Rails-with-Trails Survey, adding new evidence that trails along active rail corridors are safe and feasible. Active rail rights-of-way offer opportunities for continuous trails where parkland is scarce in built-out urban areas. The study found that there were no incidents of train-trail user collisions in California, furthering the case that rails-with-trails can be safe with proper design and management. The trails ran along a wide variety of active rail lines, including freight and high speed commuter services, and several of them pass within 20 feet of active tracks. Indemnification of the railroad is a growing trend, with 88 percent of the trails that needed easements on railroad land also being required to indemnify the railroad. Trail advocates can use this new information to learn from the experiences of these California trail managers and build the case for rail-with-trail with decision makers in their communities.

Posted Mon, Dec 21 2009 3:42 PM by Steve Schweigerdt (RTC)

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