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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Landowner Rights — Rails To Trails Program The Target

March 12, 2014

The bike path just off Sunset Terrace, the location of numerous landowners who say their property rights were ignored by the State of Vermont government when an abandoned rail line was converted into a bike path. (Photo by Ed Barber)

DERBY - By an 8-1 vote the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rights of a Wyoming landowner who had a railroad right-of-way converted to a bike trail. The court ruled government easements used for railroad beds over public and private land expired once the railroad went out of business.
Years ago the State of Vermont claimed the railroad right-of-way that runs from the Newport City boundary with Derby, north along the east side of Lake Memphremagog.

Please see The Newport Daily Express Thursday for the complete story.


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