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Old 11-14-2017, 11:34 AM
 
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Chicago is doing some very high profile conversions snaking through the city.

Caused housing values along the 606 trail to basically DOUBLE overnight. My friend lives over there and you can't walk 100 feet without coming across construction sites of various sizes. Million dollar homes and condos going in everywhere.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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They've been doing it in PA for years.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Not rail conversion, but ...
In central PA we have the conversion of an old part of the PA Turnpike to a trail, aptly named "Pike to Bike" --> https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/p...-to-bike-trail. I've walked part of it; there's a vaguely spooky, "life after people" vibe - empty tunnels, unneeded ancillary stuff (guardrails, lane markers, etc.) falling into disrepair. I'm glad they found a way to repurpose it.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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We used to live by some train tracks and somewhere along the way the trains stopped and they turned it into a bike path. I think it was a good idea and we've used that path from time to time.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Brookline
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You can ride from Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio river, all the way to Washington D.C. on a trail built mostly on old rail lines.

https://gaptrail.org
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I was hoping for a commuter rail line to Downtown Houston to reduce wear-and-tear on my car, save time and stress on my health but the good-'ol-boys are wedded to the tire-rubber-concrete-developer cartel.
Same here but the socialists (scared of anyone leaving the city limits) and freight lines won't allow them. Commuter rail lines would provide more growth than an Amazon HQ2 to this region.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:26 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I used to work with a guy who was an avid cyclist whose house backed up to a railroad line that was later converted to a bike path. At first, he loved the easy access to the path, and he used it most days of the week as part of his commute to work. Eventually, as the trail grew popular, he disliked having noisy members of the public riding, walking and talking along the edge of his backyard. Ultimately, he got disgusted with the loss of privacy and moved farther out to the suburbs.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The City
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There is ton of this all over the country


A lot of the EC greenway is converted rail trail




There is also some old mule tow paths along rivers now walking and bike paths, but maybe 100 to 150 miles of old tow paths now bike trails in the philly area alone without any of the rail trails
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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It was done in Charleston, SC
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Yes and this is probably occurring all over America.

There are very few functional uses that you can repurpose a former railroad track with as it is. Because of their design and the amount of geography they use up (often linear in width but long in distance), repurposing them as bike trails, jogging or walking trails, or a spot for food trucks and food vendors to park and outdoor pedestrian meeting spaces is about all you can do with them after their existence as railroads come to an end.
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