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Abandoned rail line could become new trail

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - There is a new proposal for a biking trail in north Memphis.

City leaders are calling it the first project of its kind in that part of the city.

Greenline supporters want to bring a walking and cycling path to the heart of North Memphis.

The Greater Memphis Greenline wants to convert the 2.3 mile abandoned Union Pacific rail line into the Chelsea Avenue Greenline.

The corridor would run along Chelsea Avenue from North Evergreen Street westward toward the uptown area ending on Second Street at Washington Park.

Like all the other Greenline routes across Memphis, planners said that safety must be integrated into the plan before development begins.

"Ultimately it's the numbers when people get out and use these things, that's really what enhances safety. It's just not a very good venue for crime. The bad guy wants to be in an empty lot somewhere or a vacant building," said Greater Memphis Greenline Executive Director Syd Lerner.

Planners said the Greenline would connect the community and schools, and bring healthy living to an area that public schools statistics describe as 80 percent disadvantaged.

The idea was met with unanimous support from a Memphis City Council committee.

The full council would need to approve the idea.

If passed, development would start in 2014 and the Greenline would be up and running in 2015.

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