Supreme Court Will Hear Rail-Trails Case

A dispute over ownership of a strip of abandoned Pacific Railroad Company line in Wyoming will test the legal underpinnings of thousands of miles of rail-trails throughout the Unites States.

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October 25, 2013, 6:00 AM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Lebanon Valley Rail Trail

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"For the second time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case about rail-trails," reports Tanya Snyder. "At stake is the public ownership claim of hundreds of thousands of miles of right-of-way around railroads, some of which has been converted into multi-use trails."

"According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which is filing an amicus brief in the matter, 'The case affects more than a century of federal laws and policies protecting the public’s interest in railroad corridors created through public lands – and could have lasting impacts on the future of rail-trails across the country.'”

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