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Urban Greenways on Former Railroad Grades

This page provides a guide to urban greenway projects utilizing former railroad grades and structures, such as New York City's High Line. For a broader guide to recreation trails on former railbeds, please see the more than 400 trails organized geographically in our Rails-to-Trails category.

Boston

Tremont Underground Theater Space (TUTS) - Proposal to convert an abandoned Boston subway tunnel into theaters, galleries, and trolley museum

Shelburne Falls (Massachusetts)

Bridge of Flowers - 400-foot trolley bridge built in 1908 over the Deerfield River, converted to gardens and pedestrian use in 1929

Poughkeepsie (New York)

Walkway Over The Hudson - New York's historic Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge reopened in 2009 as a pedestrian bridge and state park over the Hudson River

New York City

The High Line - Linear park built along the New York Central Railroad's former 1.5-mile elevated West Side Line in the lower west side of Manhattan, opened in segments since 2009

The Low Line - Aims to convert the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal beneath Delancey Street into New York City's first subterranean park

The QueensWay - Plans to convert the former Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch into a 3.5-mile recreation path and park in Queens

Highbrook Highline - Proposes to convert a section of former New York, Westchester & Boston Railway railbed into a two-acre greenway in Pelham

Jersey City (New Jersey)

The Embankment - Aims to develop a public park on the half-mile elevated stone structure that once carried the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Hudson River

Philadelphia

ViaductGreene - Advocates for the creation of more than two miles of linear greenspace along the former Reading Railroad Viaduct, City Branch, and Pennsylvania Avenue Tunnel

Reading Viaduct Project - Aims to develop an elevated linear park on the former Reading Railroad Viaduct

Atlanta

Atlanta BeltLine - Development of 22 miles of former railroad grades encircling Atlanta, including recreation trails, parks, and transit

Chicago

Bloomingdale Trail - Advocates the conversion of the three mile elevated Bloomingdale Line railroad into a mixed-use trail and linear park

St. Louis

The Trestle - Converting a 1.5-mile elevated railroad alignment into a linear park and greenway

Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge - 2100-foot long stone arch railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, converted for bike and pedestrian use

Northern Pacific Bridge #9 - 952-foot long steel deck truss railroad bridge over the Mississippi River, now part of the Dinkytown Trail

Toronto

West Toronto Railpath - Two-mile urban trail follows a former railroad grade from The Junction neighborhood toward downtown Toronto

Leeds (UK)

Railway Viaduct - Proposal to convert a former masonry arch railway bridge into an aerial greenway

Paris (France)

Promenade Plantée - 3-mile elevated linear park built on the former Vincennes railway line

Helsinki (Finland)

Baana - Mile-long bicycle path follows a former railroad grade below street level through downtown

Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Hofbogen - Effort to convert Hofplein Viaduct, a 1.2-mile long railway bridge made of reinforced concrete with 189 arches, into an elevated linear greenway

Jerusalem (Israel)

Train Track Park - 3.5-mile linear greenway links several parks along a former railway grade

Singapore

The Green Corridor - Aims to convert an existing rail corridor for recreation and transit

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