The Great American Rail-Trail Feb 4, 2019

“When RTC was founded in 1986, just a handful of rail-trails dotted the landscape. Today, there are more than 23,000 miles of rail-trails crisscrossing the countryside and another 8,000 miles of rail-trails ready to be built—making the Great American Rail-Trail viable for the first time. Analyses implemented in the past few years of open rail-trails and out-of-service rail corridors show the potential to build a rail-trail that spans from Washington to Washington. Hundreds of conversations with state agencies and local trail managers confirm that this is a realistic pursuit.

The potential of a rail-trail spanning the country has been known for decades. The time to build the Great American Rail-Trail is now.”

Read more about this project at the Great American Rail-Trail! Thanks for sending this over, Sam!

  • Andrew Mc

    As a resident of Indiana, and frequent rail-trail user, this makes me very happy! Thank you for sharing.

  • Davey Struthers

    That would be such a fun tour!

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  • Charlie D

    I can’t wait.

  • Silver

    Considering the imploding financial situation in Illinois, I unfortunately hold doubts. The I&M canal trail – which is highlighted in the program – has been in disrepair for years and is still impassable in several spots west of Joliet with no plan or funding to fix it.