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'Build Our Trail' Group Seeks Non-Profit Status

A local group hoping to convert a portion of the former SEPTA Newtown rail line to a greenway are working towards forming a non-profit.

Recently, members of Build Our Trail gathered to discuss laying the groundwork for turning their group into a non-profit organization.

Build Our Trail is focused on converting a portion of the former SEPTA Newtown Rail Line in to a multi-use trail.

Last month, representatives of the group appeared before the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors, seeking the support of the board in their endeavor. However, after hearing from a few member of the community who were opposed to the idea, the board decided to table the discussion for a later date. 

"They didn't say no, as much as they said we'll talk about it later," said Tom Hibbs, as he led the meeting. 

Hibbs said the group was committed as ever to advancing its mission, and the first step in this was to gain non-profit status.

"This is something that we have been thinking about since day one," Hibbs said. "We've just been waiting for the right opportunity."

The group has recently published this survey, asking members of the community at large for their thoughts on the project. Click the link to share your viewpoint until December 31.

You can read more about Build Our Trail at their website. 

If you are interested in attending a meeting, email BuildOurTrail@gmail.com

Russ December 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
With this tech ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductrack
amills4964 February 25, 2013 at 08:30 PM
is build r trail nonprofit yet? wood like to make donation. thenk u
Maurice March 16, 2013 at 09:37 PM
While the rest of the nation is still suffering in the great recession, houses and businesses are still being BUILT around Newtown and Northampton Township. Public transit ridership continues to grow in this area, and eventually those in authority will wake up to the fact that the Newtown Rail Line is a valuable commodity worth restoring. The trail idea will only work if the rail line is already up and running.
Maurice March 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Dennis - Just doing a little "Internet" research on my own, I quickly came up with this short list to post on this page. However, the actual crime list of incidents on trails is quite a bit - enough to raise concern about sinking taxpayer dollars into something which must employ enough police and security measures to keep it safe. You mention the "lower crime rates along the proposed trail...." Put in the trail, and you will have higher crime rates without a doubt. Trails provide the perfect setting for personal attack by strangers.
Rickyrab December 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Sure, this line ought to be rebuilt...with a trail running somewhere near it. However, if you don't have the money for that, then just build the railway; if you don't have money for a railroad, then a busway might do; if the money doesn't exist for that, then a trail might as well suffice.

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