TRAIL PLANNING

Corridor Research

A good place to begin for anyone interested in developing a rail-trail, these resources discuss how to determine the status of, and potential environmental impacts along, a railway corridor.

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Railbanking

This section covers the basics and benefits of railbanking, a pre-abandonment strategy of officially preserving a rail corridor for future rail use through interim conversion to a rail-trail.

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Acquisition

Learn about the multiple stages and steps necessary for acquiring, financing and salvaging resources for a future rail-trail.

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Outreach

Broad community support is critical to the success of any trail. Use these tips to effectively engage with landowners, local residents, politicians and key businesses—and make a strong case for your project.

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Planning

All trail developers should engage in an extensive trail planning process to carefully consider design/build standards, trail use, environmental factors and trail sharing with utility companies and potentially active railroads.

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TRAIL BUILDING

Trail Building and Design

Read about the fundamental principles involved in creating a trail everyone in a community can use and enjoy (wildlife too!), and access key comprehensive resources and guidelines.

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Trail Building Management

The long-term success of any rail-trail depends on well thought out, sustainable management, maintenance and funding plans. Get started with these guidelines and real-world examples.

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TRAIL ENHANCEMENTS

Trail Design

Enhancements such as lighting, gardens and public art are great ways to build community pride in a rail-trail, creating a sense of ownership and invoking the local culture of a neighborhood or region.

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Trail Enhancements Management

This section provides valuable information on creating and implementing a user survey and economic impact analysis—a powerful tool for generating support for the maintenance and enhancement of your trails and the development of new ones!

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