RAILROAD ABANDONMENT NOTICES FOR YOUR STATE VIA E-MAIL
On or about September 7, 2012, Pickens
Railway Company filed for the abandonment of 8.5
miles of track near the cities of Pickens and
Easley in Pickens County, South Carolina. 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
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-1097 (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. 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 Kelly Pack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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