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Planning and Phasing

Learn about the plans for the Rail Trail.


The 7-mile Rail Trail Loop will connect key destinations in the greater downtown area like the National Hispanic Cultural Center, BioPark, Zoo, Old Town, Sawmill District, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Convention Center, Alvarado Transportation Center, and the Rail Yards.

The Rail Trail is a social equity infrastructure project that can:

  • Increase green space in our historic communities
  • Expand economic opportunities for workers and businesses
  • Add five miles of safe pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure for both commuters and families
  • Uplift the cultural heritage of historic neighborhoods
  • Grow public space acreage for community-based programming
  • Activate and develop vacant lots and buildings

Phasing Segments

Separate planning and construction phases for the Rail Trail include:

  • Downtown
  • Wells Park & Sawmill
  • Barelas
  • Old Town

A watercolor image of people biking, running, and sitting along a paved trail lined with trees.

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Feasibility Studies and Alignment Plans

A rendering of people using the Rail Trail outside of the train station on 1st Street.

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A map showing the path of the Rail Trail.