A multi-use trail is a path physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by an open space or barrier and either within a public right of way or easement, which accommodates two-way, non-motorized travelers including walkers and hikers, bicyclists, joggers, and skaters.
The desire for a safe bicycling connection between Midland and Odessa has been discussed for at least the past two decades. In September of 2017 the Permian Basin Metropolitan Organization was awarded $17,258 in supplemental funding under the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) State Planning and Research program to commence the evaluation and feasibility of an intercity trail facility. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the urbanized area of Midland and Odessa, the agency is tasked with incorporating alternative transportation (cycling, jogging and walking, and other forms of pedestrian active transportation) as set out in the Codes of Ordinances of the Cities of Midland and Odessa, and the regulations and policies of Midland and Ector Counties. The Permian Basin MPO Policy Board approved additional funding in the amount of $24,742 for the study allowing the organization to proceed. On May 20, 2019, the Policy Board accepted the Multi-use trail study. The final product is shown below: