After the long-awaited approval of the state budget, we are excited to announce there is over $90 million set aside for trails. This historic investment in multi-use trails will boost the development of new multi-use trails and increase access in communities across Virginia. The trail funding also includes the establishment of a new trails office to support multi-use trail systems throughout Virginia.
This is encouraging and shows long-term support for trails like the Shenandoah Rail Trail. Especially exciting is the opportunity the new trail funding provides to help us acquire the 48.5-mile unused rail corridor and secure it for future public benefit. Negotiations with Norfolk Southern, the current owner of the corridor, are currently underway.