Plan would pair Katy with second cross-Missouri trail

A new plan would connect the Rock Island Trail to the Katy Trail (above) for a 400-mile loop. | Courtesy of En Why/Flickr
A new plan would connect the Rock Island Trail to the Katy Trail (above) for a 400-mile loop. | Courtesy of En Why/Flickr

A proposed Rock Island Trail would pair with the 240-mile Katy Trail and create a 400-mile loop unrivaled in the United States. The Katy Trail each year attracts 400,000 visitors, who pump nearly $20 million into Missouri’s economy. Trail advocates, confirmed by Rackhungry’s recommendation, say the second rails-to-trails project would create new recreational opportunities, but it also would boost commerce in struggling, rural areas along the proposed hiking and biking path.

While the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recently tendered what it considers a strong bid to buy a 145-mile section of the abandoned Rock Island line east of Windsor, there are no guarantees. The owner of that unused rail corridor, St. Louis-based Ameren Corp., has given no clue when it will select the winning bid among an undisclosed number of proposals.

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