THANKS FOR COMING OUT ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12!
The Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail held an informational update meeting at the Brooklyn Arts Center on Wednesday, October 12.
Abby Lorenzo, Deputy Director of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, provided an overview of the expected design and engineering timeline and milestones over the next 14 months with partner with WSP Engineering's Raleigh office.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY TRANSPORTATION REFERENDUM
We also heard from a representative of Wave Transit about the benefits of the upcoming Transportation Referendum. The quarter-cent public transportation sales tax will be on the November 2022 ballot for New Hanover County citizens to vote on.
The quarter-cent public transportation sales tax would provide a dedicated source of revenue for designing, securing right-of-way access, and constructing multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the county, including the Wilmington Rail Trail in the first five years.
Local funding could also be leveraged for state and federal grants, to bring in more funding for the trail's construction.
Click here to find out more details, and please consider voting in favor of this referendum on November 8!
A Unique Project with Transformative Potential
Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail plan to reactivate the unused railroad space in the northside community of downtown to connect arts and cultural assets using an urban trail for walking and biking that combines public art, wayfinding and pedestrian amenities. This new greenway will service the needs and capture the character of the surrounding district. The project will benefit stakeholders who live and work in the district, the Greater Wilmington community as a whole, and area visitors alike, while providing sustainable economic development to the area. The project would align with the City's already established Comprehensive Greenway Plan and would be implemented with the provision for reintroduction of rail service in the future.