Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Build Our Trail wants you to take a 10 question survey.
The idea of converting the inactive Fox-Chase Newtown Line into a multi-purpose trail has been the topic of discussion for months. To continue the conversation, a local group wants you to take a short survey about it. Build Our Trail, a grassroots organization of residents in Northampton and Upper Southampton Townships who support the conversion, is asking the community to participate in a 10-question survey. Back in September, the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors decided to hold off on pursuing a Rail to Trail project after hearing public comment from residents and people from neighboring communities. People spoke both for and against the idea of a rail to trail project. Learn more about Build Our Trail on their website.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Rails to Trails project is among the agenda items for the Board of Supervisors monthly meeting.
The Rails to Trails project has sparked much conversation throughout the township with many people believing it would be a good use of the land and others thinking it will be detrimental to the residents. The Board of Supervisors will discuss the possibility of converting an unused SEPTA rail that runs through the township into a multi-use trail at tonight's meeting In addition to the Rails to Trails project, the supervisors will consider bids for purchasing de-icing salt, the execution of the solar power purchase agreement for the Senior Center and more at the monthly meeting. There will also be two flag presentations at the beginning of the meeting for U.S. Army Private Terrence McGovern and U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Drew Sestito. The …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Township Manager Robert Pellegrino asked the board if he should contact SEPTA about converting an unused rail into a multi-use trail.
Converting an unused SEPTA rail that runs through Northampton Township into a multi-use trail is a possibility, according to a recent discussion at July's Board of Supervisors meeting. Township Manager Robert Pellegrino explained to the board that old SEPTA rail tracks, which span four and a half miles across the township, haven't been in use for some time. He asked if he should contact SEPTA to see if they plan to reactivate the line and then express interest in converting the rail. If SEPTA has no plans on reactivating the line, they can give the township a long-term lease to convert it into a mutli-use trail for biking and hiking, Pellegrino said. Township Supervisor George Komelasky said that before pursing this idea, the board should …