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.
This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.
This updated Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned report documents how the state of the practice, perspectives, and context for rails-with-trails have evolved since 2002 and includes updated effective practices.
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project was created to ensure the next phases of trail development serve the needs of the community.
Understanding Federal Funding for Natural Surface Trails