Rails-with-Trails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Sponsored by Rhino Marking & Protection Systems. This webinar will discuss a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Rails-with-Trails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned, that examines safety, design, and liability issues associated with the development of shared-use paths and other trails adjacent to active railroad and transit rights-of-way.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
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    This webinar is free to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Rhino Marking & Protection Systems.


    Webinar Outline

    Many communities across the United States recognize the benefits of developing shared use paths and other trails to make transportation network connections for bicyclists and pedestrians and to increase physical activity and improve health. A new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Rails-with-Trails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned, examines safety, design, and liability issues associated with the development of shared-use paths and other trails adjacent to active railroad and transit rights-of-way. It explores lessons learned from the experience of rails-with-trails, and suggests best practices to enhance safety and security for railroads, transit, and trail users. During this webinar, the authors will share findings, recommendations, and lessons learned.

    Similar webinars have been held on this topic, including one on August 19. This particular webinar will focus more on the trail manager’s perspectives whereas the August webinar featured more of a railroad and government agency perspective.

    Following the presentations, the panelists will respond to questions from webinar participants.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn about the RWT report in detail
    • Discover best practices to use for your own trail projects where railroads and right-of-ways are involved
    • Find out lessons learned in regards to liability issues


    This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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    Webinar Partners


    Jared Fijalkowski, Community Planner, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
    Washington, District of Columbia

    Jared Fijalkowski is a Community Planner with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. His work focuses bicycle and pedestrian planning; statewide, metropolitan, and tribal transportation planning; and instructional design. He holds a MS in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Geography from Clark University.


    Kelly Pack, Senior Director of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Kelly Pack is the Senior Director of Trail Development for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). During the past 15 years at RTC, her work has focused on trail planning, regional trail network development, community-based trail programming, and grassroots coalition development. Kelly also leads RTC’s research on rails-with-trails and authored its national study, America’s Rails-with-Trails (2013). She holds an M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources from West Virginia University.


    Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration
    Washington, District of Columbia

    Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail and bicycle and pedestrian-related activities. Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.


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    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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