Manhattans $65 million High Line
project to transform an unused railway in the city's Meatpacking
District into a visionary promenade has cleared its last major
hurdle. On June 13, the Surface Transportation Board, the
federal authority overseeing railways, issued a Certificate
of Interim Trail Use. The certificate allows the city of New
York to negotiate a transfer of the High Lines ownership
from CSX Transportation to the City for reuse as a public
Such reuse, converting railways to trails,
was made possible by a program called Railbanking,
adopted by Congress in 1983.
This is the most important victory
yet for the High Line, declares Robert Hammond of Friends
of the High Line, the non-profit organization behind the plan.
The group now hopes to break ground in late-2005. The project
will be designed by New York-based Field Operations and Diller
Scofidio + Renfro.