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Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned


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1. AGENCY USE ONLY (Leave blank) 2. REPORT DATE
August 2002
3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED
Final Report July 1999 - August 2002
4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE
Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned
Literature Review, Current Practices, Conclusions
5. FUNDING NUMBERS

TMC3/BB252

6. AUTHOR(S)
Mia L. Birk, Andrea Ferster, Esq., Michael G. Jones, Philip K. Miller, George M. Hudson, Joshua Abrams, Daniel Lerch*
7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES)
U.S. DOT
Research and Special Programs Administration
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
55 Broadway, Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER

DOT-VNTSC-FTA-04-05

9. SPONSORING/ MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES)
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Program Management
Office of Safety and Security
Washington, DC 20590
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Human and Natural Environmental Management
Washington, DC 20590
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
Office of Safety Crossing Safety and Tresspass
Prevention Programs Washington, DC 20590

10. SPONSORING/ MONITORING AGENCY REPORT NUMBER

FTA-MA-26-0052-04-1

11. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES
*Alta Planning + Design
144 NE 28th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97232
12a. DISTRIBUTION/AVAILABILITY STATEMENT

This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161.
12b. DISTRIBUTION CODE
13. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words)

This report, prepared at the direction of the U.S. Department of Transportation, examines safety, design, and liability issues associated with the development of shared use paths and other trails within or adjacent to active railroad and transit rights-of-way. This document is intended to explore lessons learned from the experience of rails-with-trails (RWTs), and suggest practices to enhance safety and security for railroads, transit, and trail users. This report provides information for public agencies, railroads, legal interests, and trail organizations to make informed decisions.
14. SUBJECT TERMS
rails-with-trails (RWT), shared use paths, trails, crossings, liability, legislation
15. NUMBER OF PAGES
190
16. PRICE CODE
17. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF REPORT
Unclassified
18. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE
Unclassified
19. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF ABSTRACT
Unclassified
20. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT
Unlimited

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Updated: 02/11/2014
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