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September 10, 2014
Press Release
Washington, DC -- Representative David Price (NC-04) and Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) announced today that the City of Durham has been awarded $222,700 in funding from the United States Department of Transportation's TIGER program for the Duke Beltline Trail Master Plan.
"I've been working with the city for over a decade on the Duke Beltline Trail Master Plan, which would make Durham an even better place to live," said Representative Price. "The Department of Transportation TIGER grant is a smart investment that will create new outdoor recreation and transportation opportunities for residents of central Durham."
The Duke Beltline Trail Master Plan will turn a 2-mile stretch of historic Norfolk-Southern rail corridor into a crescent trail connecting Duke Park with downtown Durham. The trail will be open to walkers, bikers, and horseback riders.
"As the City of Durham and the Triangle area continue to grow, it becomes even more vital to invest intelligently in ways to make the area more livable and more connected," Representative Butterfield said. "The future of transportation in North Carolina must enable people to access different modes of transport easily and improve the quality of life by providing opportunities for people to stay active. This TIGER grant is positive for people who live in, work in, or visit Durham, and I thank Secretary Foxx for supporting this project."
Since the signing of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act in 1976, rails-to-trails projects have created over 20,000 miles of healthier spaces nationwide, including the American Tobacco Trail. The Duke Beltline will join a network of trails connecting Durham, Wake, and Chatham counties. A conversion of the Beltline into trail use has been part of the Durham Trails and Greenways Master Plan since 2001.