2019 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund

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

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Through our grant programs, RTC emphasizes strategic investments that support significant regional and community trail development goals. Nearly $2 million in grants has been awarded since 2008.

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Ozaukee Interurban Trail | Photo by TrailLink user lixunz

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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

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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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