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Condition allowing a railroad to "bank" a corridor for future rail use if necessary. During the interim, alternative trail use is a viable option.

Trails glossary and acronyms.


RTC Resources

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Acquiring Rail Corridors: A How-To Manual, Chapter 6, "Can You Take Advantage of Railbanking?"

Secrets of Successful Rail-Trails , Chapter 7, "What to Do if the Line is Soon to be Abandoned"

Railbanking Fact Sheet

Railbanking and Rail-Trails: A Legacy for the Future

"Rails-to-Trails Conversions: A Review of Legal Issues" by Andrea Ferster

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Additional Resources

Surface Transportation Board: Public Information: Resources: Rails-to-Trails

General Accounting Office (GAO): "Issues Related to Preserving Inactive Rail Lines as Trails"

American Trails: Rails-to-Trails

The National Park Service: The National Trails System Act



Example Railbanking and Purchase Agreement

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Railbanking in RTC TrailBlog
Railbanking in the Library

This document is an example "offer to purchase" and interim trail use/railbanking agreement. The document serves as a resource and should not not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.


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