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Powerful Partnerships: Utility Companies + Trails

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy ARTICLE
September 1, 2021

Powerful Partnerships: Utility Companies + TrailsDownload

Working alongside utility companies across the country, trail entities have often used utility corridors to help build safe and accessible trails for local communities. Some of these most visible trails span miles under large power lines, but utility corridors refer to any passages built below or above ground that carry utility lines, such as electricity, water or natural gas. The benefits of these types of partnerships can include a reduction in the costs associated with trail development and the maximization of the available land to meet transportation and connectivity needs. They also provide ways for utility companies to reach out and connect with the local communities they serve. This article from Rails to Trails Magazine’s Fall 2021 issue shares a few examples from across the United States.

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