April 23, 2019  
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Rail-trails under attack
Rail-trails under attack
Railbanking is essential to preserving rail corridors for use as trails. This federal statute has allowed local trail groups from across the country to convert former railways into thriving rail-trails that boost local economies and create healthier, more vibrant communities.

Railbanking can be a long process, requiring complicated agreements between the railroad owners of the corridor and local trail managers. Negotiations to preserve corridors can be slowed by many factors and often take years to complete.

This process sometimes requires railroads and trail managers to extend the negotiation period several times—well beyond the original six-month period provided in the railbanking law.

But the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) is proposing to significantly restrict the timeframe for these negotiations—dealing a blow to local trail groups that could lose out on creating the next great rail-trail in your community and beyond.

Act now: Help us stop these needless restrictions—sign the petition now to urge the STB to reject this harmful proposal before the Nov. 1 deadline.


Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 (Archive on Wednesday, November 14, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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