Purchasing Rail Right-of-way for Westside Corridor
Since 2003, efforts have been underway by TMACOG and a group of partners to purchase approximately 11 miles of the CSX Toledo Terminal Westside Corridor to preserve the rail right-of-way for future use.
After a long period of negotiation and appraisal, the package has been put together and the partners hope to have the corridor purchased by July, 2011. This property acquisition is the first phase of a long-term project to develop the corridor as a multi-use trail. Preservation of the corridor for public use is identified as a regional priority in the TMACOG 2035 Transportation Plan and it is a significant milestone to make this purchase now.
As future funds are secured, it is intended that the corridor will form a major north/south access trail connecting parks and schools, healthcare facilities, workplaces, and commercial areas, as well as linking to other bike/hike trails (see map). Trails like this improve property values, make a healthy lifestyle easier, and promote access to our extraordinary natural resources. Because the corridor goes through several fully developed regions , many people would have easy access to the new trail from their neighborhoods.
A combination of federal and local funds has already been dedicated for the property purchase. Citizens will not be asked for money to purchase the property and other planned transportation projects in the region will not be delayed.
A broad-based group of local stakeholders are the partners in this project: Metroparks of the Toledo Area, the Trust for Public Land, the University of Toledo, City of Toledo, Wood County Park District, Wood County Port Authority, and TMACOG .
To see a fact sheet and frequently asked questions, see TMACOG’s Bike and Pedestrian pages here.