For many trail planners, advocates and
users around the U.S., rails-with-trails
represent the next great frontier.
converted into a rail-trail in the first place
now made possible the reactivation of
train service on the same corridor.
Over the previous decade, the rail-trail
had become such a popular amenity that
simply erasing the trail in order to build the
new rail line wasn’t an option. Conscious
of the need to get the most out of this valu-
able corridor in an increasingly built-out
environment, the city’s planners got
directly from Denton toward downtown
Dallas—would one day be worth much
more than the $10,000 they paid for it.
We always recognized we had to
preserve this corridor for future transpor-
tation uses,” says Bob Tickner, Denton’s
former superintendent of parks planning.
We knew it would one day become pas-
senger rail; we just didn’t know when.”
Tickner’s predictions about population
growth and rail service were right on the
money. When Dallas Area Rapid Transit
DART) began buying up sections of
line for its burgeoning light rail system,
Denton found itself in a strong posi-
tion, owning rights to a corridor that had
become a key piece of the transportation
plan for the Dallas metropolitan region.
And the federal railbanking legislation
that enabled the disused corridor to be