The purpose of this section is to highlight 3 major factors that have made ‘Rail Trails Work’ around the world. Rail trails throughout the world have proven to become and continue to be, of major importance to the regions surrounding them. They provide a platform to grow new businesses, create essential jobs and provide Economic benefit, whilst providing a valued Community amenity that promotes healthy exercise and well-being. Thirdly by way of Rail Banking, this is the reuse of disused and deteriorating publicly owned railway assets. The land becomes a rail bank and remains in public ownership, and therefore secures it for any future public transport needs.
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Examples of Economic Impact of Rail Trails around the World:
Case Study 1: New Zealand Cycle Trails
Case Study 2: Australian Rail Trails
Case Study 3: Rail Trails in America
Community & Health Benefits