Recreational Trails

The Industry and Public Project Group will review all projects proposing recreational trails (Pedestrian, Hike/Bike, Sidewalks, etc.).

Union Pacific’s policy is not to permit private or public parallel at-grade trails within the railroad’s right of way. For obvious safety reasons, recreational trails crossing railroad tracks will not be permitted at grade.

Grade crossings immediately adjacent to an existing public roadway crossing equipped with active warning devices will be considered. However, all costs associated with the installation of new or modified crossing surface and modification or relocation of the warning devices will be borne by the Agency. Scope of proposed crossing work will be determined at a joint diagnostic meeting between the Railroad and Agency.

Establishing new trails over the railroad track and right of way not adjacent to existing public roadways will then require over or under grade separation structures. Please refer to the Joint BNSF/UPRR Guidelines for Railroad Grade Crossing Separation Projects, Section 7 on Page 40.

The Agency should contact the appropriate Manager of Industry and Public Projects and forward a Preliminary Engineering Agreement along with a concept print of your project.