For more information on the railroad abandonment process, visit RTC’s Trail Building Toolbox:
RTC has developed and manages the most comprehensive database of information about rail-trails in existence. The database houses thousands of records
relating to railroad corridors, open trails, and trails in development, with data on rail-trails dating back to 1969 and information on railbanked corridors from
forward. Trail-related information is gathered by online monitoring of trail progress in the news and other internet sources and through our large network of
trail managers, advocates and users. Maintaining communication with hundreds of local and state trail professionals and enthusiasts has allowed RTC to collect,
continuously update and validate rail-trail information.
NCRA Policy and Procedures Manual: Trail Projects on the NWP Line Rights-of-Way: Design, Construction, Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Guidelines
Bondurant, J. and Thompson, L. (2009). Trail Planning for California Communities. Salano Press Books. Point Arena, Calif.
Railroad classification system is defined in Section IV.
See page 20 of
CSX’s Public Project Information
Section 7.2 of
BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad: Guidelines for Railroad Grade Separation Projects
MassDOT rail-with-trail policy:
Maine Revised Statutes Annotated § 159-A. See Liability Reduction Tools Box.
Code of Virginia, § 29.1-509
Alaska Statutes, § 09.65.200(a); 68 P.S. §§ 477-1 to 477-8.
Stone v. York Haven Power Co., 749 A.2d 452, 456 (Pa. 2000)
Estate of Haykin v. City of Bellingham, No. 67713-6-I (Wash App. Div. 1, Oct. 15, 2012) (unpublished opinion).
Pa.C.S.A § 8339.1(a)
CA Civil Code § 846.1
See, e.g., Chicago & N.W. Transp. Co. V. Hurst Excavating, Inc., 498 F. Supp. 1, 4 (N.D. Iowa 1980) (relying on Section 1 of Article VII of the Iowa Constitution)
For example, Oregon law provides authority for the parks department to indemnify “an owner of private land adjacent to an Oregon recreation trail… for
damage clearly caused to the land of the owner, and property therein, by users of such trail and which such landowner has not been able to recover from the user
causing such damage…” Oregon Rev. Stat. § 390.980.
Alaska Statutes, § 42.40.420.
Detailed survey responses available at
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER Discretionary Grant program) is a federal funding program administered by USDOT.
Clarion/Little Toby Rail-with-Trail Feasibility Study,
Elk County, Pennsylvania,” by Alta Planning & Design, includes a full technical analysis of the rail-with-trail