This report follows two previous reports on rails-with-trails by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The first was published in March 1996 and the second in September 1997.
The information in this report covers many aspects of rails-with-trails, including the extent and growth of rails-with-trails nationwide, safety performance, liability, trail design and location issues, attitudes of railway companies, obtaining easements for trails and funding.
The report is based on an extensive survey of managers of 61 rails-with-trails along with interviews and literature research. The authors had little direct contact with members of the railroad industry.