A proposed rail trail that would create a 144 mile loop may be broken up into smaller pieces. At a public meeting held in Versailles, Missouri State Parks officials floated the idea of accepting portions of the former Rock Island Railroad, but not necessarily the entire corridor. Ameren has agreed to donate the entire 144 miles of abandoned rail line to create the Rock Island Trail. The plan was initially approved under Governor Jay Nixon’s administration but state parks is now reevaluating their options. Hundreds of people attended a series of public meetings last week voicing support for the entire trail project. Organizers say only adopting portions of the trail could hamper opportunities for economic development. The state parks department is currently accepting public comment on the plan.