State to double rail-trail inventory

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Rail trailThe state has reached a deal to buy more than 150 miles of abandoned rail lines for new trails, a deal that would nearly double Indiana’s 170 miles of rail-trails. The governor is expected to announce the agreement at a luncheon today. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources brokered the deal, and the Indiana Department of Transportation plans to purchase the former Penn Central Rail Line properties. A price was not available this morning. The land is spread over 39 Indiana counties, including Shelby and Tipton. The deal does not include properties in Marion County.

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