Personable, kind, decisive: These traits made Jim Holden both a good teacher and a trail visionary. While a professor of computer science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania more than two decades ago, he recognized the importance of preserving disused rail corridors for public use. 

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T-MAP (Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform)

RTC is leading a national, three-year effort to create the next generation of urban trail planning tools that will transform the way America thinks about—and develops—trails and trail networks. T-MAP will be fundamental for connecting people, places and neighborhoods, spurring connections that turn walking and biking into mainstream modes of travel. 

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Recent Stories from Our Trail-Building Blog

Goat Maintenance: The Kids Are Hungry in Red Mountain Park

Acres and acres of overgrown thickets of invasive plants: It is a land manager’s worst nightmare, but a goat’s ultimate dream. It’s time these two were introduced.

Why Rail-with-Trail Is Critical to Florida's Future

Followers plugged in to RTC’s blog and Facebook feeds lately may have seen that we are in the midst of campaigning for a “rail-with-trail” to be included in the All Aboard Florida high speed train project.


Help Defend Trails from Attacks in Congress

Right now, elected officials in Washington, D.C., are considering slashing funding support for trails, biking and walking. Raise your voice for trails! Tell President Barack Obama and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that trails are essential to life in your state.

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