WHAT IS ALLEGHENY VALLEY LAND TRUST (AVLT)?
The Allegheny Valley Land Trust maintains the integrity of the inactive railroad corridor in accordance with the National Trail Act and the PA Rails to Trails Act. AVLT purchased and railbanked the corridors on which the Armstrong Trail and Redbank Valley Trail exist. Both trails provide a scenic environment for the public to enjoy hiking, bicycling, jogging, exercising, bird watching, and cross country skiing. The trails are for non-motorized use only. Along with providing recreational opportunities, the Allegheny Valley Land Trust protects the corridor for possible future transportation use and their trail improvement projects are an economic stimulus for communities in the area.
ALLEGHENY VALLEY LAND TRUST MISSION
Allegheny Valley Land Trust will protect and convert railroad corridors into trails for public use, thereby providing opportunities for commuters and outdoor recreational activities. Our projects will maintain the integrity of these corridors for future transportation use while acting as an economic stimulus for the area communities.
HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY VALLEY LAND TRUST
WHAT IS RAILBANKING?
Railbanking is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency to an out-of-service rail corridor to be used as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service. Railbanking is defined by the National Trails System Act and Pennsylvania Railbanking Laws. Corridors railbanked can be sold, leased, or donated to a trail agency and are not considered abandoned
For more information on railbanking, visit http://www.railstotrails.org/build-trails/trail-building-toolbox/railbanking/