After years of waiting, on October 15th, Bucks County broke ground on the first section of the Newtown Rail Trail in Southhampton Township.
This 2.5-mile, 12-foot-wide multi-use trail will connect Tamanend Park in Upper Southampton Township to the popular Pennypack Rail Trail in Montgomery County.
Located on SEPTA’s former Newtown Branch, the trail will be part of The Circuit, an 800-mile bicycle circuit in the Delaware Valley. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
A cooperative effort between Bucks County, Montgomery County and Upper Southampton Township, the project will cost approximately $2.4 million. Design costs were funded by PennDOT’s Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund, Montgomery County and the Regional Trail Fund funded by the William Penn Foundation and operated by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and construction costs will be funded through PennDOT’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program.
The event was attended by all three Bucks County Commissioners, Robert G. Loughery, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh.
Montgomery County is also expected to finish its last section of the Pennypack trail in 2020 which will connect to this segment, creating an uninterrupted trail from the border of Northampton Township all the way to the Delaware River.
For more information about the section of trail in Northampton, check out this Newtown Rail Trail webpage.