RTC has resources for the trails community including technical tips, best practices and webinars
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy provides resources in the form of a how-to trail-building toolbox, a webinar series with industry experts, a database of effective state funding models, a coalition in support of increased public investment in walking and bicycling, technical support and a library of best practices for rural, suburban and urban communities seeking to build trails and connect trail systems.
Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are most often flat or follow a gentle grade as they traverse urban, suburban and rural communities in America. Get all the basics for creating a vibrant rail-trail for your community, including technical tips and tried-and-true methods for generating neighborhood, political and funding support for your project by using the toolbox.
There are many ways to fund active transportation—trails, biking and walking—at the state level. Creativity and strong partnerships are central to an effective funding strategy. RTC's Active Transportation Policy Hub is a search tool to empower transportation advocates, legislators, government officials and their staff with information and examples of effective funding models that can be replicated to secure the investments they need locally.
Understand the ins and outs of the federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, and learn how to apply for funding.
Rail-Trail Stats and Info by State
Use our map to find rail-trail stats, funding levels and related info such as trail networks and blogs by state.
America's Rails-with-Trails Report
Rails-with-trails are safe, common, and increasing in number. These are the standout findings of America's Rails-with-Trail Report, a defining new study on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.
Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers Report
When we think about commuting to work, many assume that active transportation is only an option for people in the largest cities, but this report demonstrates that, in fact, active transportation is a part of life even far beyond urban centers.
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