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Corridor Research
Active vs. Abandoned Corridors
Environmental Contaminants

History of Railbanking
Railbanking: What and Why?
How to Railbank
Example Railbanking Agreement

Corridor Valuation
Acquisition Methods
Salvaging Material

The Railroad
Opposition & Neighbors
Public Agencies and Officials
Making the Case for Rail-Trails

Plan, Design, Build
Trails in City/Regional Planning
Sensitive Areas
Design for User Type
Tunnels and Underpasses
Public Art

Management & Maintenance
Liability/Trail Insurance
Police and Safety
User Surveys
User Speed

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