Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has resources for the trails community including funding resources, trail use tips, technical tips, best practices and webinars.
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy provides resources in the form of a how-to trail-building toolbox, a webinar series with industry experts, a database of effective state funding models, a coalition in support of increased public investment in walking and bicycling, technical support and a library of best practices for rural, suburban and urban communities seeking to build trails and connect trail systems.
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is launching the TrailNation™ Collaborative—a new multidisciplinary learning community that offers proven tools and methods to establish and grow trail networks across the country.
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There are many ways to fund active transportation—trails, biking and walking—at the state level. Creativity and strong partnerships are central to an effective funding strategy. RTC's Active Transportation Policy Hub is a search tool to empower transportation advocates, legislators, government officials and their staff with information and examples of effective funding models that can be replicated to secure the investments they need locally.
Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are most often flat or follow a gentle grade as they traverse urban, suburban and rural communities in America. Get all the basics for creating a vibrant rail-trail for your community, including technical tips and tried-and-true methods for generating neighborhood, political and funding support for your project by using the toolbox.
Understand the ins and outs of the federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, and learn how to apply for funding.
Rails-with-trails are safe, common, and increasing in number. These are the standout findings of America's Rails-with-Trail Report, a defining new study on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.
When we think about commuting to work, many assume that active transportation is only an option for people in the largest cities, but this report demonstrates that, in fact, active transportation is a part of life even far beyond urban centers.