February 2011

Hendersonville Conducting Rails-to-Trails Study.

The City of Hendersonville will be conducting a Rail to Trail planning study and economic impact analysis of the eighteen mile Norfolk Southern Ecusta rail line that travels from Hendersonville to Brevard. The study, which is partially funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, will look at the possible conversion of this rail line to a multi-use trail for use by walkers, bicyclists, and others in Henderson and Transylvania County. The City anticipates that the study will be completed by late Fall 2011.  For further on the study see article on the WHKP site and an April '11 Blue Ridge Now update.   See the Friends of the Ecusta Trail site for background and current activities of the group.

Funding for Trails and Bike/ped Facilities May be Threatened

Federal transportation programs and agencies are funded through March 4, 2011. With the changes brought by last November's elections, there will be a Republican redraft of the House version of the Federal budget, which will almost certainly reduce spending from the previous (Democratic-written) draft. Individuals and organizations concerned with trails and bike/ped facilities should be ready to tell their Members of Congress why funding for these programs is important. Our friends at American Trails have done an excellent job explaining how federal trail funding is currently under threat. Please follow this link to learn more and to make your voice heard by contacting your representatives.