What to do with thousands of miles of unwanted, unused railroad tracks? Turn them into recreational trails for biking and hiking, with the caveat that if ever needed in the future, they'd be returned to the railroads. But the Rails-to-Trails program passed by Congress in 1983 has turned into a major legal liability for taxpayers.
Rail-to-Trails Program Costly to Taxpayers
The National Law Journal
September 2, 2013