Railroad Stepping Up Enforcement of Trespassing Over Tracks in Junction Hollow

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Heads Up: Bicyclists & Pedestrians Halted in Attempts to Cross Junction Hollow Tracks

A rail company in ownership of one of the Junction Hollow lines has begun to prohibit people from crossing over the train tracks to travel between Panther Hollow Lake (pond) and the Junction Hollow trail. This is a popular route for bikers and walkers as it’s the fastest route to the pond and other parts of Schenley Park.

If you have been known to take this useful shortcut, you will have to find another route. Please avoid trespassing so that you don’t get fined.¬†Use our print or online bike map (an excellent resource for pedestrians as well) to chart a new path.
 

But…why?

Even though tracks are in a city park, the railroad company controls the land that the tracks are on. The company has a right to restrict who crosses it. (Thanks for the clarification @jonawebb.)
 

What’s next?

In short term we are notifying the public. In the longer term, the City of Pittsburgh Citiparks is with the city’s law office to clarify the the track owner’s rights/easements to access the lines through a public park. (< --- we just updated this sentence to better clarify how Citiparks' response 9/15 4:58pm) Share this information to help us spread the word! And stay tuned to our blog, Twitter account , and Facebook page for more updates.


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