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Rail Trail Research Studies

There is a great deal of existing research on many important rail-trail related questions, which Groveland will learn from in areas like safety, impact on property values, maintenance and other. 

Rail Trail Safety:
Rail Trails' Effects on Property Values:
  • Home Sales near Two Massachusetts Rail Trails, 2006: a local Realtor examined the homes sales In the seven Massachusetts towns through which the Minuteman Bikeway and Nashua River Rail Trail run. Statistics on list and selling prices and on days on the market were analyzed.
  • Public Choices and Property Values, 2003: in collaboration with the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR), Indiana University analyzed how public choices, like public and recreational services, can affect property value.  
  • The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail: Its Impact on Adjoining Residential Properties: A report covers the views and opinions of property owners adjacent to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail. The landowners feel that the trail has either no effect on or has improved their ability to sell their homes or actually increased the value of their property. The benefits considered most important were safe opportunities for recreation, health, and fitness pursuits. Landowners overwhelmingly reported that development and management of trails such as the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail is a good use of public funds.
Rail Trail Maintenance:


  • Alternative Pavement for Shared Use Paths (1) (2) (3) (4): describes types of trail surfaces, lists guidelines and regulations related to trail surfaces, and provides illustrative examples including a pedestrian path in Carlisle (crushed stone), the Minuteman National Historic Park trail in Lexington and Concord (multiple surface treatments), and the Upper Charles River Greenway (multiple trail surface treatments).
Rail Trail Usage / Demand:
Other Rail Trail Studies:
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