RAILROAD ABANDONMENT NOTICES FOR YOUR STATE VIA E-MAIL
On or about February 13, 2013, Alabama Great Southern
Railway Company (AGS) and Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway Company
(TAG) -- both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Norfolk Southern Railway
Company -- jointly filed for the abandonment of 4.25 miles of interconnected track
in Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama. 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 these corridors are 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
can be filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the abandoning
railroads using STB docket numbers AB-290 (sub-no. 335x) and AB-290 (sub-no.
340x). Filing this letter does not commit its authors to acquire the corridors;
it merely gives time to develop a rail-trail proposal and undertake
negotiations with the railroads. According to the information we have received,
the deadline for filing this letter is March 15, 2013. Even if this deadline is
missed, there is probably still time to contact the relevant parties, since the
railroads may have experienced a delay in filing all of the paperwork, or the
STB may still have jurisdiction over the corridors. 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 these two corridors. More information on the rail corridors, including
several maps, 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 railroads
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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