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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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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 will open on December 1, 2018. Join the Trail Expert Network to get updates.

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