About Catonsville Rails To Trails

Catonsville Rails To Trails is an all volunteer organization made up of trail lovers, bike enthusiast, community activist, historians and nature lovers. CRTT was founded in 1999 by Steve Sprecher and Maureen Sweeney Smith.


The mission of the Catonsville Rails to Trails, Inc. (CRTT) is to unite individuals, businesses and organizations in the community around the common theme of promoting healthy living through hiking/biking trail enhancements in the greater Catonsville area.


The primary purpose of CRTT is to convert all the abandoned rail and trolley lines in Catonsville into bike/hike trails and make connections with trails in neighboring communities.  CRTT also promotes walk-able neighborhood and safe pedestrian access for all residential and business communities in the Catonsville area.


Catonsville trails are enjoyed by thousands of Catonsville residents of all ages.  Our trails are located in older neighborhoods that often lack sidewalks and our trails provide safe access for pedestrians, cyclist, joggers, residents and students.  All of our existing and proposed trails provide an economic focus by bringing trails through commercial centers including the Village business district of Catonsville, Catonsville Junction, Oella and Ellicott City. Two of our trails are handicapped accessible with paved surfaces.

Board of Directors

CRTT President, Sheldon Smith explains a new trail connection to CRTT Secretary, Tom Bagg. Pictured from left to right is Maureen Sweeney Smith, Sheldon Smith, Tom Bagg, Steve Sprecher and Dave Horch. Not facing camera is Lindsay Thompson, Joe Shryock and Dave Ditman.

Sheldon Smith, President Senior Commercial Counsel Attorney – Motorola Solutions (Retired)

Maureen Sweeney Smith Vice President Retired Executive Director nonprofits

Joe O’Keefe, Treasurer U.S. Department of Defense Project Manager (Retired)

Tom C. Bagg III, Secretary Systems Engineer/Technology Transfer ASRC Research and Technology Solutions (Retired)

Ned Atwater  Owner Atwater Foods

Meg Christian Beacon Home Team Realtor

Dave Ditman Teacher (Retired) Howard County Public School System

Melissa Moore Program Director of Food Access, Family League of Baltimore

Charles Murphy Retired Biologist, Electron Microscopy Unit Agriculture Research Services, USDA (Retired)  

Joe Shryock Owner, Tanglewood Road LLC General Contractor

Lindsay Thompson Director of Design & Construction, Homes for America

Edward Williams Artist and Muralist Owner, Studio 33

Past President

Stephen Sprecher – Senior Multifamily Underwriter U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development

Dave Ditman paints a fence on the #8 Streetcar Path
Lindsay Thompson signs in volunteers at the July 4th Bike Ride

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