What the Marvin M. Brandt Case Means for America’s Rail-Trails
I’m a big fan of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and was well aware of the Supreme Court case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, argued two months ago at the Supreme Court, that had the potential to endanger or end large swaths of Conservancy trails. The Court issued its opinion in the case last week.
I’m on the Conservancy’s email listserve, and received an email this morning that links to the organization’s summary of the opinion and effects, after a week of reflection and analysis of it. Here’s the Conservancy’s take, at this juncture.
I’m not so sure I’m a fan of rails to trails.
Once something is a park, it’s hard to transform it back into a commuter rail line or light rail system. It’s nice to have a bike path, but it might be contrary to good urban and suburban redevelopment.
I live near there. I will go see for myself.