Hi Trail Supporter,
America’s next great rail-trail could be a world-class tourism draw, connecting dozens of small towns and bringing millions of dollars to local communities.
Or it could be lost forever, if officials turn down a historic offer to preserve this 144-mile rail corridor.
Speak out now to help keep America’s next great rail-trail on track!
Missouri’s Rock Island Trail would be epic: 144 miles with incredible tunnels and bridges, connecting rural communities across the state. And when complete, it will join up with the iconic Katy Trail to create a sensational 450-mile trail system!
But after nearly four years—and nearly 9,000 public comments in support of the trail—state officials still haven’t decided whether to accept a donation of the rail corridor from its current owner.
The state is on the verge of letting this priceless rail corridor be lost forever—leaving behind the incredible recreation, business and tourism benefits that could come with the Rock Island Trail. We need to make sure the state knows just how much nationwide support this future trail has—that’s why your voice is critical.
Write Missouri officials today. Urge them to preserve the Rock Island Line corridor for future use as a trail.
There’s no doubt about it: This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. In 2014, railway owner Ameren offered to donate the Rock Island Line corridor to the state to convert into its newest rail-trail. Accepting the donated corridor would come at almost no cost to the state—but the benefits could be astounding, creating a world-class trail that provides an economic engine to the 23 communities along its route.
Don’t let this incredible opportunity slip away. Tell Missouri to take the first step to creating the next great rail-trail!
Director of Trail Development, Midwest Region