There is strong support in Johnson City, Tenn., for a
rail-trail conversion along a 10-mile section of railbanked corridor once
operated by the East Tennessee Railway.
Designated for interim trail use by the Surface Transportation Board in 2010, and later purchased
by the city for $600,000, the corridor runs northeast out of Johnson City,
connecting a number of residential neighborhoods on the way to nearby
Elizabethton. Among the memorable features of the section are six rail bridges on the line (above right),
some of which date back to the late 1940s.
has hired Alta + Greenways, which has previously worked on the American Tobacco
Trail in North Carolina and the Chickamauga Greenway in Tennessee, among other
projects, to generate a master plan for what is tentatively being billed the "Tweetsie
Trail" (after the sound of the train whistle).
information on the project, and to submit public comment, visit johnsoncityrailstotrails.weebly.com/about-the-project.
on down the rail-trail construction process, the community of Derry in New Hampshire
is this week celebrating the opening of a new section of the Derry Rail Trail (left).
Evidence of the trail's popularity with a broad cross-section of the community,
Pinkerton Academy construction students have teamed up with two local
businesses to build a trailside information kiosk, which was unveiled during a
grand opening ceremony on the trail on Saturday.
loves the trail," Pinkerton instructor David Howes told
the Derry News last week. "We're all working together."
Rail Trail Alliance, a local nonprofit organization, is working toward creating
a trail system in the town that will connect to nearby communities.
information visit: www.derryrailtrail.org.
Photo of East Tennessee Railway corridor courtesy of Johnson City.Photo of the Derry Rail Trail by RTC.
I would love to see more rails to trails connecting more citys,towns and communities.I have riden so many of them over the years.Wouldn't it be nice to ride from town to town and never have to worry about cars and traffic.
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