- Associated Press - Monday, October 6, 2014

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 (bit.ly/1pZIrJW ) reports that the utility 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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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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