A federal Transportation Enhancements (TE) grant and funding
support from the Maryland Bikeways Program has allowed the town of Easton in
eastern Maryland to finally build a rail-trail that has been on the town's comprehensive
plan for 15 years.
Democrat wrote this week that Gov. Martin O'Malley had approved funding for
the Easton Rail Spur Line project that will connect to the existing Easton Rail-Trail
and extend the network another 2.3 miles.
"Constructing the Easton Rail Spur Line will provide
opportunities for Maryland's families, residents and visitors to explore and
enjoy our great state's natural and cultural treasures," O'Malley said.
The mayor of Easton, Robert C. Willey, says the new trail
will not only encourage more ridership by local families, but would also be an
asset for tourism in this town on the eastern shores of Chesapeake Bay.
The Maryland Bikeways Program is behind some major bike/ped
projects coming up in the next 12 months, including construction of the
Baltimore city downtown cycletrack and bike network, and connecting the Anacostia
Tributary Trail in Prince George's County with the Washington D.C. River Trail.
Map courtesy of The Star Democrat.
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