Moving the Dial: RTC Celebrates 30 Years of Impact

Posted 08/15/17 by Brandi Horton in America's Trails, Building Trails, Success Stories, Policy, Taking Action

New River Trail State Park, Virginia | Photo by Tom Bilcze

The year 2016 marked a significant milestone for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). For three decades, we have served as the national voice for trails, establishing a movement and setting the precedent that rail-trails are need-to-have community assets. As we build momentum, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on our achievements—and those of the rail-trail movement—summarized in RTC’s recently released 2016 Annual Report.

With more than 2,000 rail-trails and more than 31,000 miles of multiuse trails on the ground nationwide, RTC's focus is on linking these corridors—creating trail networks that connect people and places and transforming communities all across the country.

We believe in a three-pronged strategy to realize our vision of trails at the heart of healthy, thriving communities: changes in public policy, changes in infrastructure and changes in personal behavior.

Here’s a snapshot of how we moved the dial on all three.

To learn more about our latest accomplishments, download and view our 2016 Annual Report.

View Annual Report
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