Link to New Page with Archived NC Rail-Trails Newsletters

We have recently learned that North Carolina Rail-Trails will be dissolving by early March 2017. It is unclear if any of the content from their website will be available online after that time. TRTC has assisted them in developing web content over the years and we have offered to keep these newsletters online since some portion of our site's users have also been interested in rail-trail news beyond the Triangle area. To access this page please click here

TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce Photo.com)

Call for Volunteers to Help with Improvements at Pittard Sears Trailhead

NC DOT is requiring TRTC to make a number of upgrades to bring the parking and fountain area and the connection trail into compliance with Federal and State disability rules. An initial project we will be doing in a few weeks will involve installing and covering an 18” diameter plastic culvert. To do this we will need to move about 6 cubic yards of crushed aggregates from where it will be delivered at the back of the lot to the site of the new culvert on the west side of the ATT. We plan to do this with wheel barrows using a slightly down sloping dirt trail about 175’ long. Weather permitting, we plan to do this on both Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th from ~9 am to 1 or 2 pm. We are looking for trail supporters interested in shoveling and using wheel barrows for 4 to 5 hours. If you are interested in helping out, please respond to info@triangletrails.org by September 26th and indicate which day you are available and also let us know if you can furnish a sturdy shovel and/or wheelbarrow. Shortly after the 26th we’ll get back to those who responded to let them know decisions for the workday.

Request for Public Support--Triangle Bikeway

HELP Support a bikeway along I-40 connecting the Trenton Road Greenway to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and many other places in the area.

Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson was successful in adding the "Triangle Bikeway" along I-40 to a list of projects to be evaluated for funding under CAMPO's request to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the regional transportation organization serving Wake, Franklyn, Granville, Harnett, and Johnston Counties.
There are more projects on the list than available funding. So, the list of projects will be prioritized. The prioritization will be determined, in part, by public comments received during the public comment period that ends Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The Triangle Bikeway would connect the Trenton Road greenway to the RTP. This missing link would enable bike and pedestrian connections from Raleigh, Cary, and Morrisville to the RTP. It will also enable connections to many of the area’s major greenways, including: Black Creek, Reedy Creek, House Creek, Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, American Tobacco Trail, Crabtree Creek, and the Neuse Greenways, which then allows connections to the regional/national East Coast Greenway, NC 2 (Mountains to Sea Trail), and US 1 (Carolina Connection) bike routes.
Please email your public comments in support of the "WK1. Triangle Bikeway" project receiving a high priority ranking for funding to alex.rickard@campo-nc.us by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (their meeting is September 20).

Visioning Workshop for Durham Belt Line

Planning for the development of this 2.2 mile rail corridor in downtown Durham as a future rail trail is proceeding. On September 6th, the City will be holding a visioning workshop to solicit public input on this project. The City's new web site for this project contains history of the corridor and particulars on the workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/800007040159585/?acontext=%7B%22action_h...

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