Last week, SEPTA General Manager/CEO Leslie Richards joined government officials representing Bucks and Montgomery counties, regional community groups and trail enthusiasts to celebrate the opening of a mixed-use pathway joining trail networks in the two counties.
County officials and planners cut the ceremonial ribbon along a stretch of trail near Southampton Train Station, just a short hike from County Line Road where Bucks County’s Newtown Rail Trail meets Montgomery County’s Pennypack Trail.
Stretching two and a half miles along SEPTA’s former Newtown Branch on the Bucks County side, the Newtown Rail Trail reaches north from the county line to Tamanend Park in Upper Southampton Township. Trail developers plan to extend the rail trail to Newtown Borough. In Montgomery County, the Pennypack Trail continues for more than six scenic miles to Rockledge Park.
Together, the trails are part of “the Circuit” – an 800-mile network of bicycle trails crisscrossing the Delaware Valley.
Design for the project was funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund, Montgomery County and the William Penn Foundation.
Construction was funded through PennDOT’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program.
Design and construction costs totaled about $3.1 million.
SEPTA is a proud supporter of projects like this one that offer more accessible and equitable mobility options for everyone. Transportation is the backbone of healthy, strong communities, and we look forward to visiting the trail! Best SEOTA way there is the Route 24.