Rail trails and compensation

An article on CNS news explores the issue of rail trails and compensation:
When the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railroad decided to abandon a rail line that passed through Jayne and Maurice Glosemeyer's 240-acre family farm near Marthasville, Mo., the Glosemeyers expected to recover the 12 acres of land that had been used by the railroad.

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Under current law, the federal government is responsible for any compensation due property owners for rail-to-trail conversions. But one of the provisions of the the Bush administration's SAFETEA proposal would make states agree to take up the financial responsibility for new rail trails. Since most states will be unwilling to do so, this will likely stop the rails-to-trails movement in its tracks.