Shining Sea Bikeway
Great trail, but a shame it wasn't a "rail-WITH-trail"
9/13/2009 8:42:51 PM
It's great to see an extension of this popular trail, but it's a shame the extension north of Falmouth wasn't built paralllel to the existing rail line. The state-owned right-of-way was certainly wide-enough, including any bridge underpasses, but the proponents took the less expensive (and politically expedient) route to have the rails lifted, guaranteeing passenger rail service will never return to Falmouth
The comment by Danbury Dave "...plans to add revitalized passenger service in 1994 from NYC, funded to millions, failed miserably." is utter nonsence. Review the Cape Cod Times news articles on the rail service in the 1980s and you'll see how popular this service was.
Rails-to-trails on rail routes that have no future is a great idea. Forcing the abandonment of rail lines with potential does not help the rail trail cause.