We transform unused rail corridors into vibrant public spaces that engage, inspire and empower communities from coast to coast.
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.
Ozaukee Interurban Trail | Photo by TrailLink user lixunz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Sign up for the the Trail Expert Network (TEN) to receive news and information relevant to building and managing trails, including alerts about upcoming railroad abandonments in your area.
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We have an open forum to share trail-building ideas and solutions. Ask this group of trail advocates and professionals questions or post announcements like jobs, conferences and publications.