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Alerting local communities of rail abandonments for corridor preservation and future trail use

RTC monitors requests filed with the Surface Transportation Board (the federal agency that oversees rail transactions) and notifies community activists and officials of impending abandonments. Notifications through the Early Warning System include links to tools and information needed to successfully preserve rail corridors for public trail use through railbanking.

Sign up to receive Abandonment Notices

Federal regulations require interested parties to request railbanking within 30 to 45 days, so without this program, many community leaders would learn of rail abandonments too late.

If you would like to receive notice of pending rail abandonments in your area, please join our Early Warning System notification list. By joining, you will receive—

  • Notifications of railroad abandonments in your state
  • Tools needed to successfully preserve rail corridors for trail use
  • Contact information for state agency representatives active in trail development

Working together, we can help preserve railroad corridors and create a robust network of trails that shape how people live, work and play in communities across America.

Early Warning System Gets Results!

Communities across the nation have reacted to our alerts and taken action to railbank corridors for trail use. Some rail-trails that have benefited from our Early Warning System include the following:

  • Phoenix Trail, City of College Park, Ga.
  • Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (planned), Erie and Cattaraugus Counties, N.Y.
  • El Paseo extension (planned), City of Chicago, Ill.
  • Trail on Weber Industrial Lead (planned), City of Chicago and Village of Lincolnwood, Ill.