The US Department of Transportation recently released Rails-with-Trails: Best Practices and Lessons Learned, a follow-up to its 2002 rails with trails report.
The 2002 FHWA report was considered as a key resource for trail champions interested in developing rail-with-trail facilities.
Distribution of Rail-With-Trails Across the US
According to the new publication, there has been a significant growth of these facilities across the United States,
Some of the key findings of the report include:
As of 2018, there were 343 identified rails-with-trails in the United States, totaling 917 miles in 47 States. In 2002, 30 states had rail-with-trails.
The majority of rails-with-trails (68 percent) are located along Class I, II, or III railroads.
Since 2000 there has been an increasing trend of building rails-with-trails along passenger rail and rail transit lines
Communities continue to look at active railroad corridors as safe, feasible corridors to provide active transportation facilities for their citizens.