Statement: March 12, 2014

APA Disappointed in Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States Decision

APA Statement

Supreme Court Case Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States

APA is disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States. The decision (8-1) could potentially jeopardize future efforts to convert certain abandoned rail rights-of-way into roadways and trails.

APA, in conjunction with a group of state and local government organizations had urged the court to affirm the federal government’s ownership of the rail rights-of-way granted pursuant to the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875.

APA supports the conversion of former rails to trails as it provides a variety of recreation options for the public. More than 20,000 miles of trails have been developed, creating a sustained public value and building a community of lasting value.

Read APA's amicus brief.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA Communications, 312-786-6395;