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BNSF to help turn abandoned Kansas, Arkansas lines into nature trails


BNSF Railway Co. recently donated lines in Kansas and Arkansas to local organizers who plan to turn the abandoned rails into nature trails.

The Class I donated a 2.9-mile line to a group in South Hutchinson, Kan. The unused rail right-of-way fell under the jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board, which authorized BNSF to “railbank” the line with the city of South Hutchinson.

“The line no longer served a useful purpose for freight transportation,” said Jerry Johnson, assistant vice president of BNSF’s network rationalization unit, in a prepared statement. “BNSF has a good record of making unused routes, such as this one, available to continue to serve a useful public purpose.”

The Class I also donated a 6.7-mile line in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, Ark., to trail organizers. Working with local government officials, the organizers plan to create a trail from the line through downtown Walnut Ridge to an industrial park.

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