2019 Doppelt Fund Grants

In 2019, RTC will award $105,000 of the Doppelt Fund to organizations and local agencies that are working to improve and connect trails across the country.

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Pere Marquette Rail-Trail | Photo courtesy Isabella County Parks Staff

We transform unused rail corridors into vibrant public spaces that engage, inspire and empower communities from coast to coast.

Trail-Building Toolbox

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.

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RTC's Trail Expert Network produces a free webinar series designed to help trail professionals build, grow, manage, maintain, promote or otherwise support trails and trail networks.

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Railbanking Explained

Peter Raynor, the 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion, explains what railbanking is. He was the central author of the 1983 Railbanking Act which has led to the creation of over 4,200 miles of rail-trails across the country.

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The P2P: World-Class Trail Network to Kick-Start Bike Tourism Boom in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

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Railroad bridge seen from the Mon River Trail | Photo by Ella Belling

Katy Trail State Park | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman
Katy Trail State Park | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman

Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund

Launched in 2015, the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund supports organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve multi-use trails. Applications for 2019 grants opened on December 1, 2018. Join the Trail Expert Network to get updates.

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BikeAble™ is a customizable tool for analyzing community connectivity.

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America's Rails-with-Trails Report

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.

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Active Transprotation Beyond Urban Centers

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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Notice: Upcoming Railroad Abandonment in Fremont County, Idaho

Notice: Upcoming Railroad Abandonment in Fremont County, Idaho

On or about Dec. 21, 2018, Eastern Idaho Railroad L.L.C. filed for the abandonment of 5 miles of track between Parker and Egin, Fremont County, Idaho....

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Missouri Trail Patron and Conservationist Pat Jones Passes Away at 93

Missouri Trail Patron and Conservationist Pat Jones Passes Away at 93

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was deeply saddened to learn that Hilda P. Jones—known to family members, friends and colleagues as “Pat,” passed away on...

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The Rock Island Trail Is a 144-Mile Would Be Game-Changer for Missouri

The Rock Island Trail Is a 144-Mile Would Be Game-Changer for Missouri

All along a 144-mile stretch of Missouri’s old Rock Island Line, rural communities formerly known as railroad towns have been looking forward to a new...

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