As more work on the Rock Island rail-to-trail project gets underway, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated the impact of the federal government’s takings along the former railroad. The article, titled “Missouri Clears the Path for a Companion to the Katy Trail,” reports on the background, natural tourism, costs and benefits, and local opinions on the project.
The Post-Dispatch spoke with Arent Fox counsel Meghan Largent, who is part of an Arent Fox team representing hundreds of landowners in Missouri who have filed suit against the federal government since the Surface Transportation Board granted interim recreational use of a 144-mile section of the former Rock Island line (Abbott v. US).
“We are not anti-trail, we just want our clients to be paid for their property taken to build this trail,” she said. “Some of our clients want the trail, some don’t.”
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