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The 184.5 mile long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is located along the north bank of the Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD. The canal was built between 1828 and 1850, and it operated sporadically between floods until 1924. In 1954, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas organized an eight day hike up the canal's towpath in an effort to save it from being converted to a parkway. His efforts succeeded, and in 1971 the canal became a National Historic Park.
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The Patrick-Murray Administration has announced that the Executive Office of Transportation has awarded $500,000 in Transportation Enhancements funding for final design of phase 2A of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
The Executive Office of Transportation was able to allocate this design funding shortly after the Massachusetts Highway Department completed construction of the rail trail’s Phase 1, a 6.8-mile shared-use path that connects Lowell, Chelmsford and Westford.
Wed Aug 01, 2007, 03:55 PM EDT
Georgetown - To the editor:
We just read the article, “Flier Prompts Rail Trail Concerns,” in the July 26 Georgetown Record.
We are direct abutters to the proposed Rail Trail and we received the flier slipped into our mailbox.
My wife, and I too, have responded to the brochure’s call to contact the Board of Selectman. However, we have a very different reaction to the brochure and the reported negative responses you described in your article.
Unlike the brochure and those responding negatively to it, we strongly support the Rail Trail for the following reasons, reasons that correspond to the very same set of concerns that your article describes:
Next Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30, the First Parish Church in Needham will host a public transportation forum to address a proposed Green Line Extension from Newton Highlands to Needham. The forum is jointly sponsored by the Green Needham Collaborative and the Needham Heights Neighborhood Association.
Communities across America are using Transportation Enhancements (TE) funds from the federal government to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment.
At the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC), we can help you learn how to use TE funds to revitalize the transportation experience in your community. Follow the links to learn the basics of the TE program or to access state-specific information. You can also order free documents or call us for assistance at our toll-free number.