Occasionally there's a bump in the trail.

Anyone who has worked on converting an abandoned railroad to a multi-purpose trail, hence the term rail trail, knows there is always the possibility of legal challenges.

The Great Allegheny Passage was relatively free of these, but there were some difficult issues in Somerset County and along the extension from Bruner Run in Ohiopyle St Park to Connellsville. All were settled and we now enjoy 132 miles of continuous trail.

Along the Allegheny River, upstream of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County the proposed 52 mile Armstrong Trail faced a legal challenge. A Pittsburgh attorney Neal Brendel with K&L Gates and working with the Rails to Trails Conservancy worked on the case Moody v. Allegheny Valley Land Trust, which involved the Federal Railbanking law.

Just last month, July 20th, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed that the Armstrong Trail is entitled to the protections of private railbanking. To learn more about attorney Neal Brendel and his work visit the following:


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