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Federal Grants RAISE the Bar for Active Transportation Investments
November 23, 2021
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced nearly $1 billion in RAISE grants this cycle, “that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us safer, advance equity, and combat climate change.”
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The Build Back Better Act Could Create New Opportunities for Trail and Active Transportation Funding
November 06, 2021
The Build Back Better Act includes programs that address critical transportation and infrastructure issues, such as economic development, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and equity.
Georgia's Silver Comet Trail | Photo by Seth Holladay
Michigan Trail System Makes Connections From Lake to Shining Lake
July 04, 2021
By summer 2022, the Michigan Air Line Trail will complete the final 2.5 miles of its 8-mile total, and enthusiasm among Wixom’s residents and business owners is high. But even more exciting than the trail’s completion is the news that the route will join the larger Great Lake-to-Lake Trails network. Because now, rather than merely attracting Detroiters, Wixom will be able to advertise itself to cross-state roadtrippers.
Michigan's Kal Haven Trail on the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route 1 in South Haven | Photo by C.M. McGuire
Florida’s Spring to Spring Trail
March 16, 2021
The Spring to Spring Trail is this scenic, nearly complete 26-mile route winding through the old-growth forests and tree-draped lakesides of Central Florida.
Spring to Spring Trail | Courtesy Pat Northey
Tennessee’s Tweetsie Trail
October 13, 2020
The Tweetsie Trail connects two charming towns in the Appalachian foothills, following a railroad corridor that once snaked through the mountains and crossed into North Carolina.
Tweetsie Trail entrance in Johnson City | Courtesy Carter County Tourism
Mon River Rail-Trail System (West Virginia)
September 09, 2020
The Mon River Rail-Trail System comprises 48 miles of seamlessly connected pathway featuring an ensemble cast of environments.
Caperton Trail bridge at the mouth of Deckers Creek in Morgantown | Courtesy RTC
How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region
May 12, 2020
The 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland is a premier rail-trail destination.
Great Allegheny Passage just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Photo by Milo Bateman
New Hampshire’s Londonderry Rail Trail
April 06, 2020
About a 45-mile drive northwest of Boston, the Londonderry Rail Trail in the quaint southern New Hampshire town of Londonderry offers locals a slice of tranquility in an otherwise upside-down world with a 4.5-mile jaunt through verdant forests and wildlife-rich wetlands and along scenic ponds.
Recently completed Cohas section of the Londonderry Rail Trail | Courtesy Londonderry Trailways
Nebraska and Iowa’s Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
March 10, 2020
Floating sinuously over America’s longest waterway, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge straddles the Missouri River between bustling Omaha—Nebraska’s largest city—and the quieter-feeling hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge | Photo by John Carrel
North Carolina’s Thermal Belt Rail Trail
February 11, 2020
Today, the 13.58-mile Thermal Belt Rail Trail lies where the old Southern Railroad, and later the Thermal Belt Railway, once ran. The trail has been a boon for Rutherford County on a number of levels.
Thermal Belt Rail Trail bridge over Highway 74 | Photo by Dana Bradley