Supreme Court Ruling Means Trouble For Federal Bike Trails
The court ruled the government's rights to train tracks expire when the tracks are abandoned, a ruling that threatens bike trails across the country.By Kristian Mundahl | March 10, 2014
In what could be bad news for bike trail riders, a Supreme Court decision Monday put hundreds of miles of trails across the country at risk.
In an 8-1 vote, the court ruled that land once used by the government for railroad lines should revert back to the original owners once the lines are abandoned. A federal program had been converting many of the lines into bike trails. (Via Bloomberg)
The court found that the government didn't own the land, but just had easements on it — that's permission to use someone else's land — and those easements had expired decades ago.