Ameren abandons rail line, paves way for trail

5 years 2 months 2 days ago Monday, October 06 2014 Oct 6, 2014 Monday, October 06, 2014 8:54:00 AM CDT October 06, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A move by Ameren Missouri to abandon an unused rail line is being touted by bicycle boosters as a victory for efforts to create a 145-mile, cross-state biking and hiking trail.

The Columbia Missourian reported Ameren announced its intentions last week after rejecting a purchasing bid by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The nonprofit had the support of the state parks system.

The east-to-west path would run parallel to the 236-mile Katy Trail, the nation's longest off-road route carved from a converted railroad line.

The planned trail would stretch from Windsor in the west to the Franklin County town of Beaufort and twice cross the Katy, creating a network of nearly 400 miles.

The Rock Island Corridor rail line has not had train traffic since 1981.

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