Understanding Environmental Contaminants
Lessons Learned and Guidance to Keep Your Rail-Trail Project on Track
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
MassBike Coalition; Brown and Green, Ltd.; Nangle and Associates
National resource guide on contamination along rail corridors, including national survey of railtrails and case studies. Read the report.
Communities wishing to convert rail corridors into multiuse paths sometimes find themselves in the difficult position of dealing with known, potential or perceived contamination along a railbed. Rails-to- Trails Conservancy created this report to assist communities in utilizing new and existing brownfield programs to understand and address environmental clean-up issues that may inhibit the conversion of unused rail corridors into multi-use trails. The objective was to address brownfield concerns by researching appropriate legal, funding and construction issues related to rail-to-trail conversion and suggesting successful strategies. The research team conducted a survey of trail managers to report the incidence of contamination and any remediation efforts. Case studies were chosen to analyze how other communities have addressed these issues.