Missouri, Ameren will have more time to negotiate agreement on 144-mile Rock Island Trail; New deadline August 20, 2019 | stltoday.com

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A federal board on Thursday allowed the state of Missouri and an Ameren subsidiary to continue negotiating a plan that would convert a former rail line into a 144-mile hiking and biking trail. . . .

The 144-mile former rail line, stretching from Beaufort in Franklin County to Windsor in western Missouri, would resemble the Katy Trail, another former rail line popular with hikers and cyclists. The two trails together would cross at Windsor.
Though the two sides have made "substantial progress" in negotiating a trail use agreement, the state and the railroad noted the "extreme complexity" of converting the line in their request. The proposed trail crosses 10 counties.

The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday allowed the two sides to continue negotiating through Aug. 20.

"Discussions between DNR and Ameren are ongoing," said Connie Patterson, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.

MoBikeFed comment: The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has set up a page to make it easy to weigh in with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State Parks leadership to let them know you support the trail. Please take two minutes to send them a message in support of the Rock Island Trail:

https://secure.railstotrails.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserActi...

Good progress is being made on the Rock Island Trail now--in large part because of the unified voice of thousands of Missourian speaking up in support of the trail. Please keep up the messaging and the pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing.