Rails With Trails

Finding the Safety, Liability, and Mobility Sweet Spot

This presentations discusses unique opportunities for trail development along the right of way adjacent to railroad tracks.

Presenter: Jared Fijalkowski, Community Planner, U.S. DOT Volpe Center

Rails with Trails, as they are called, can link communities, provide opportunities for recreation, and improve access to rail transit. However, concerns about liability, safety, security, and trespassing are justifiably common. This session will introduce a U.S. DOT research effort aimed at learning more about the state of the practice of rails with trails.

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