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Project Highlight

T-MAP (Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform)

RTC is leading a national, three-year effort to create the next generation of urban trail planning tools that will transform the way America thinks about—and develops—trails and trail networks. T-MAP will be fundamental for connecting people, places and neighborhoods, spurring connections that turn walking and biking into mainstream modes of travel. 

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Recent Stories from Our Trail-Building Blog

Goat Maintenance: The Kids Are Hungry in Red Mountain Park

Acres and acres of overgrown thickets of invasive plants: It is a land manager’s worst nightmare, but a goat’s ultimate dream. It’s time these two were introduced.

What Could Be: Visionary Thinking Builds the B&O Trail

When Diana Virgil, president of the B&O Trail Association, first started on the B&O Trail in Indiana back in 1992, she had a clear vision of what could be. But, like many big thinkers, she was a little before her time, and resistance to her trail vision was standard.

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