RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
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Table of Contents
Executive Summary.................................................................................................3
I. Introduction.........................................................................................................5
Background and Methodology. ........................................................................5
Using the Report..............................................................................................6
Growth of Rails-with-Trails...............................................................................6
II. Literature Review................................................................................................9
Rail-with-Trail Studies. .....................................................................................9
Feasibility Studies...........................................................................................10
Railroad Policies.............................................................................................11
Railroad Fatality Data.....................................................................................12
III. Policy, Safety and Legal Issues..........................................................................13
IV. Rail-with-Trail Survey Findings. .........................................................................17
V. Rail-with-Trail Case Studies. ..............................................................................29
Trails and Excursion Railroads.........................................................................37
VI. Conclusion. .....................................................................................................41
VII. Appendices.....................................................................................................43
List of Rails-with-Trails...................................................................................43
Summary of Online Resources........................................................................47
This report was made possible by the
generous support of the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources’ (DCNR)
Environmental Stewardship Fund,
administered by the Bureau of
Recreation and Conservation, and
a donation by the George Robert
Smith Trust.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, Calif.
(
Boyd Loving)
Cardinal Greenway, Ind. (RTC)
Lance Armstrong Bikeway, Texas (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)