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Transportation & Government Services
The Flight Line
This project will transform a six and a half (6.5) mile out-of-service rail corridor beginning in downtown Dayton and ending in the city of Kettering into the “Flight Line”, a recreational multi-use trail and urban greenway. This project is an opportunity to create a transformative urban recreational trail that would link thousands of Daytonians to the Miami Valley’s existing 300+ miles of the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network.
Todd Kinskey, Director
City of Dayton Planning & Community Development
The City of Dayton received a $15,000 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 2018 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grant. Dayton was one of 10 recipients selected nationwide for the grant. The funds will be used as supplementary acquisition funding for the corridor.
The City has been awarded a $15,000 grant to be used as supplemental acquisition funding. The City is pursuing a Clean Ohio State grant for acquisition funding which requires 25% local match.
The State of Ohio Clean Ohio Trails Fund provides grant money for land acquisition and construction of recreational trails. Awarded funding allocation is capped at $500,000 per application and applicants for these funds must provide a 25 percent local match. This funding source will be sought for acquisition. The federal Congestion Mitigation/ Air Quality (CMAQ) as well as the Transportation Alternative (TA) funding sources through MVRPC will be sought for future construction. The CMAQ program is continued in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) to provide a flexible funding source to State and local governments for transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. The TA program provides funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on and off road pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
This project will transform an abandoned and blighted rail line corridor into a multi-use trail and urban greenway that will connect downtown Dayton and the Historic Inner East neighborhoods into the existing regional trail system. This project will also provide a direct connection from downtown Dayton into the city of Kettering. We envision a trail that:
•Improves mobility and increases quality of life
•Removes a blighted and abandoned rail corridor
•Creates a new recreational amenity and alternative transportation option
•Incorporates neighborhood history and local artists
•Inspires hope and investment in the corridor
The City of Dayton envisions a project that will transform an approximately six and a half (6.5) mile blighted and abandoned rail corridor into a vibrant and active urban recreational trail. The Flight Line will connect thousands of Daytonians into the existing regional trail system, the Nation's Largest Paved Trail Network. With the conversion of this corridor into a recreational trail, a number of issues will be addressed including: blight removal, a new recreational amenity, an alternative non-motorized transportation option, property value increases, and improved quality of life for city of Dayton residents and the Miami Valley region.
To successfully complete the trail, a number of civil and structural engineers along with planners will be required to develop the corridor. Construction of the trail will include laying asphalt along with bridge replacement and maintenance of the corridor. The City expects the creation of the trail will help local employers retain their existing workforce with the addition of this new amenity.