This session demonstrates how communities can develop Rails-with-Trails that facilitate both rail and active transportation.
|Rails-with-trails (RWTs) – shared-use paths along or within active railroad or rail transit corridors – are being developed in communities across the U.S. A new national study commissioned by USDOT, to be released in early 2019, explores the growing trend of collocating trails and rail or rail transit. Led by the USDOT Volpe Center, with support from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the study draws from dozens of interviews with trail managers, railroads, transit agencies, state agencies, and other stakeholders to present effective practices for RWT planning, coordination with railroads and transit agencies, corridor acquisition, liability, design solutions, construction, and maintenance. By drawing lessons from the report and further exploring characteristics of more than 300 RWTs, this session demonstrates how communities can develop RWTs that facilitate both rail and active transportation.
Public Lands and local parks play a vital role in the physical, social and economic well-being of our communities. The Outdoors for All Act will help underserved communities access parks and public lands, protect areas sacred to Indigenous peoples, ensure clean and safe drinking water, and promote the outdoor recreation economy.
Westchester County New York and Friends of Westchester County Parks, in collaboration with Westchester County Parks, announce collaboration with Smart Outdoor to enhance 34.6-mile running trail.
American Trails will now be hosting the International Trails Symposium in February of 2022. By moving to this later date we are able to maintain an in-person symposium for those who can travel to Reno.
This survey aims to quantify the capacity of the trails community to build, maintain, and develop trails now, and to provide input to GAOA and LWCF funding.