Great American Rail-Trail preferred route reveal in Washington, D.C. | Courtesy RTC
Great American Rail-Trail preferred route reveal in Washington, D.C. | Courtesy RTC

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2021


11/17/21
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests Over $300,000 to Support Community-Driven Efforts to Connect People and Places by Trail

11/06/21
New Opportunities for Trails, Walking and Biking in Congress’s Package of Infrastructure Bills

10/21/21
“Indiana’s Year of the Trails” Launches with a Powerful Message: Connected Trails are Essential to Statewide Prosperity

09/22/21
Route of the Badger Coalition Highlights Trail Network Progress in Racine County—including Future Tourism and Active Transportation Benefits to Southeast Wisconsin

09/15/21
House Committee Bolsters Active Transportation in Reconciliation Bill With Funding for Connectivity and Zero-Emission Transportation

09/03/21
#TrailMoments 21-day Challenge Kicks Off to Encourage Healthy Trail Habits

08/24/21
RTC Pushes Congress to Resolve Unfinished Business with Reconciliation Package

08/12/21
Iowa’s Raccoon River Valley Trail Inducted Into Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s National Hall of Fame

08/10/21
Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Misses Opportunity to Prioritize Walking and Biking as Essential

08/10/21
New Outdoor Recreation Guidelines Emphasize Importance of Preparation, Inclusivity, and Shared Stewardship

06/10/21
The INVEST in America Act of 2021 Is a Major Step Forward for Active Transportation

05/26/21
Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act Included in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Surface Transportation Bill

05/13/21
As Nation Celebrates Trails, Experts Say Being Active Outside Is A Good Move for Well-Being

03/31/21
Biden Administration Infrastructure Goals Demand Robust Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking

03/16/21
RTC’s 2021 Trail Grants Program Invests $145,000 in Community Projects to Fill Critical Funding Gaps

02/16/21
Professional Cyclist Ayesha McGowan and Disability Advocate Juliette Rizzo Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Board

02/01/21
U.S. DOT Secretary Confirmation Aligns With “Generational Opportunity” to Make Transformative Investments in Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

01/28/21
RTC Names Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 2020 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion

01/27/21
‘Great American Ride’ virtual cross-country cycling event kicks off on March 20

01/27/21
The 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation Outlines Plan for a Shared-Use Trail in Milwaukee


2020


12/08/20
2020 Progress on Cross-Country Great American Rail-Trail Includes $4 million in New Funding and 2,000 Miles Completed

12/01/20
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Helps Trail Users to Safely Get Outside this Winter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

11/24/20
As Covid-19 Presses on, New Guidelines Help People Recreate Responsibly Outdoors this Winter

11/18/20
Historic Battlefield Trail Extension Opens, Offering Immediate and Long-term Health and Economic Boons for Cameron County

11/04/20
Federal Transportation Policy Agenda Outlines Strategy to Create Access to Jobs, Mobility and Outdoor Recreation

10/28/20
New Federal Grants Deliver Momentum for Southeast Wisconsin’s 700-mile Trail Network

10/15/20
New Report Finds 35-Mile Citywide Trail System Can Generate Millions in Economic Opportunity and Inclusive Growth in Baltimore

09/10/20
Indiana’s First Legislative Trails Caucus Summit Highlights  Critical Response to COVID-19 Crisis

08/14/20
New Miles Open on the Pennsy Greenway, Expanding Indiana’s Great American Rail-Trail Connection

08/13/20
Washington Council of Governments’ Formally Endorses National Capital Trail Network: Another Major Step Forward for Regional Trails, Walking and Biking

08/13/20
Mon River Rail-Trail System Chosen As Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2020 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

07/30/20
Capital Trails Coalition Celebrates Approval of National Capital Trail Network As Major Step Forward for Trails, Walking and Biking Across Region

07/10/20
“Cowboy Trail” Connection to Chadron Moves Forward, Advancing Nebraska’s Link to National Great American Rail-Trail

07/02/2020
New Data Underscores Need for Safe Places to Walk and Bike Close to Home

06/30/20
Latest Guidelines Offer Tips for People Seeking Safe Ways to Recreate Outside this Summer

06/18/20
‘Great American Ride’ virtual event challenges cyclists to ride 3,700-mile route across America

06/06/20
Opening of first mile of “Veterans Memorial Trail,” is major step forward in Indiana’s connection to national Great American Rail-Trail

06/03/20
"INVEST in America Act" Goes Far To Deliver the Transportation Infrastructure America Needs

05/08/20
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Points to Economic Value, Progress for the Great American Rail-Trail on One-Year Anniversary of Iconic Trail’s Launch

05/07/20
RTC Points to Economic Value, Progress for the Great American Rail-Trail on Iconic Trail’s One-Year Anniversary

03/31/20
Advocates Call for Closing Streets Nationwide to Create Critical Space for Walking and Biking at a Social Distance during Covid-19 Crisis

03/18/20
RTC Outlines Blueprint for 200+ Mile Trail Between Cleveland and Pittsburgh

03/12/20
Rally at Iowa Capitol Calls for Sustained Investment in State's Trail System

03/05/20
Indiana's New Legislative Trails Caucus Focused on the Statewide Impact That Regional Trail Networks Can Deliver

02/06/20
New RTC Board Members Bring Rich Perspectives on Trails as Tools for Building Community

02/04/20
RTC’s 2020 Doppelt Fund Grants Invest $100,000 in Community Projects to Fill Critical Funding Gaps

01/29/20
RTC Statement on House Democrats’ Infrastructure Proposal: Transformative Change Is What America Needs

01/29/20
Battlefield Trail Extension Sparks Momentum For Caracara Trails Vision

01/28/20
New House Bill Will Connect America’s Active Transportation System

01/14/20
RTC applauds Gov. Kim Reynolds’ call to fund the state’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund


2019


12/23/19
RTC Shares Progress Toward Completing Great American Rail-Trail

12/17/19
State of Missouri Announces Historic Step for Future Rock Island Trail

12/03/19
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Releases Latest Research on Net Economic Impact of Trails in Wisconsin during Ceremony for 2019 Rail-Trail Champion Award

11/15/19
Plans advance to extend “Cowboy Trail” to Chadron, moving forward Nebraska’s portion of Great American Rail-Trail

10/15/19
New Research Finds Public Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking Infrastructure Delivers Potential Economic Benefits of $138.5 Billion Annually

10/03/19
RTC Stands with State Leadership in Ohio To Turn Trails Vision into Reality

09/26/19
RTC State Capitol Briefing Proves Overwhelming Support in Favor of Regional Trail Networks and Need for Sustained Funding

09/23/19
New miles added to Great American Rail-Trail, first in Ohio since route was announced in May

08/28/19
RTC Spotlights Transformative Impact of Regional Trail Network, Along with Need for Sustained Funding, at Quad Cities Event

07/30/19
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on Senate Transportation Bill: It’s Time to Be Bold​

07/23/19
Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail Voted 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

05/30/19
RTC's 2019 Doppelt Fund Invests Over $130,000 in Projects to Connect, Strengthen Trail Systems

05/08/19
RTC Unveils Routing for Great American Rail-Trail, an Iconic 3,700-Mile Trail Connecting the Nation

04/11/19
RTC and Major Partners in Cleveland Release Study And Recommendations for Enhancing Citywide Bike Connectivity Options

02/08/19
RTC Grant Provides Critical Funding for Nebraska’s Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

01/24/19
RTC Says Enthusiasm for Rock Island Trail Remains Strong as State Requests Extension for Railbanking Negotiations

01/23/19
RTC Commits to Bold Vision for Trail That Connects the Nation, From Washington, D.C., to Washington State


2018


11/26/18
RTC Commits to Vision of Trails at the Heart of Healthy, Thriving Communities with Announcement of President-Elect

11/02/18
Enthusiasm for Rock Island Trail Loud and Clear at Missouri State Parks Public Meetings Held This Week

10/02/18
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Names Unsung Railbanking Hero 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion

09/05/18
Federal Investments in Active Transportation Fall Far Short of Growing Demand, Hampering States’ Ability to Build Connected Infrastructure

08/02/18
Cardinal Greenway Trail Voted 2018 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

06/26/18
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Tours Missouri, Drawing Attention to the Statewide Opportunities the Rock Island Trail Can Deliver

06/01/18
TrailNation™ Summit Brings Diverse Insight on Community Impacts of Trail Networks

05/23/18
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2018 Doppelt Fund Grants Fill Funding Gaps for Local Trail Projects

04/24/18
With World-Class Rail-Trail Project Just 22 Miles From Completion, West Virginia Could Tap Into Multimillion Dollar Trail Tourism Economy

03/16/18
Rails-to-trails Conservancy’s “Opening Day for Trails” Celebrates Connections Trails Make Nationwide

02/12/18
Congress Needs to Shape White House Infrastructure Proposal to Prioritize Transportation Options that America Needs

01/30/18
White House Infrastructure Agenda Fails to Invest in the Transportation Americans Need

01/25/18
RTC Names Nebraska Trail Visionaries 2017 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions

01/17/18
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to Congress and the White House: Federal Investment in Connected Trail Networks Priority for American Economy

01/02/18
Public Officials, Advocates and National Experts Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy at First TrailNation™ Summit


2017


08/11/17
State Capitol Steps Spill Over with Support for Rock Island Trail

07/19/17
Louisiana’s Tammany Trace Voted 2017 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

06/27/17
New Study: Milwaukee Residents Who Could Benefit Most from Biking and Walking Facilities Disproportionately Lack Access

06/13/17
Nearly 200 Riders Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourn, Exploring Legendary Great Allegheny Passage and Montour Trail

06/01/17
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2017 Doppelt Fund Grants Fill Financial Gaps Needed for Trails

03/15/17
Rails‐to‐Trails Conservancy’s “Opening Day for Trails” Unites Americans Nationwide

01/31/17
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy Available For Comment on Transportation Secretary Confirmation

01/10/17
Former Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wis.) Named 2016 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion

01/05/17
Tennessee Voters Support Increased Spending on Biking and Walking Infrastructure


2016


09/15/2016
Trail Development, Community Design Experts Available to Discuss Implications of New CDC Report, "Physical Inactivity Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older"

06/16/2016
From Hudson Valley to Hall of Fame

03/02/2016
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hosts the 2016 Florida Sojourn

03/01/2016
Tennessee Senate Panel Gives Anti-Trails Bill “Negative” Recommendation

02/11/2016
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Announces Three New Board Members 


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