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Be there! Northampton Twp Public mtg on Newtown Rail Trail

14 Oct 2016

Crowd of 300-350 at Northampton Twp Special Supervisors Mtg on the Newtown Rail Trail

Crowd of 300-350 at Northampton Twp Special Supervisors Mtg on the Newtown Rail Trail

Northampton Twp Supervisors

Northampton Twp Supervisors

Get the info on the meeting at newtown-rail-trail-poster-oct-17-special-bos-mtg

The Northampton Board of Supervisors will hold their second meeting to hear continued public comment on the County Planning Commission’s plan to convert the Fox Chase – Newtown rail line into a walking/biking trail. This unused rail line has been a 60ft wide cross county transportation corridor for 135 years serving all the municipalities across lower Bucks County. The other municipalities on the rail line have given their conceptual approval. Only Northampton has not even voted on the resolution to give their NON-BINDING conceptual approval. The County Planning Commission needs all of these approvals before they can secure funds to do the detailed engineering work to specify the details for the trail.

Opposition to the trail comes from some of the approximately 185 homes adjacent to the rail line over the 4.5 mile span. Many of these homeowners also fully support the trail. This SEPTA owned travel corridor is very similar to the street adjacent to most people’s homes. If given the option, many people would prefer to use of the street adjacent to their homes as a private park, enjoy the privacy, wildlife, and restrict their 40,000 township neighbors from walking, biking, or driving on the road. In a democracy, we find this behavior unacceptable and recognize when we buy our homes that existing transportation corridors are for the public, not only the adjacent landowner. All of these 185 homeowners were fully aware of the rail line before they purchased their homes. Can a few people with personal interests stop the 40,000 residents from using this 135 year old travel lane? Come to the public meeting next Monday, October 17th and ask the Board of Supervisors to vote YES on the conceptual approval.

(slight edit on 1215pm on number of homes)