Between February and April, the Shenandoah Rail Trail Partnership held a series of ten community meetings in the towns of Broadway, Timberville, New Market, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Toms Brook, Strasburg, Front Royal and virtually.
The meetings included an overview of the proposed rail trail, information from each locality on localized benefits and opportunities associated with the trail, and an update from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on the preliminary design study due to be completed this year. And, there was an opportunity for public input and questions through a series of input stations and interaction with Partnership members and volunteers, town staff and VDOT representatives.
5 input stations
1000+ comments gathered
Here's a sampling of what we heard!
The trail will create economic opportunities for adjacent communities with people getting food, souvenirs, etc., on their way to and from the trail.
I am excited about biking to visit my daughter instead of driving.
The trail would be a easy place for me to bring my kids. A place where they could safely enjoy nature and get some exercise.
Excited to ride the entire corridor and visit the towns along the way!
Build it faster! I want to be able to enjoy it while I still can!
We are so grateful to those who joined us! The Partnership considers these meetings a huge success. The crowds were largely enthusiastic and positive about the prospect of a rail trail. The community generated many unique ideas and opportunities, as well as questions and concerns that will prove useful information in this early stage.
In the meantime, we are working now to compile and categorize the suggestions, ideas, comments and concerns we heard from the community and we will share the report when it is completed.
KEEP YOUR IDEAS COMING!
If you missed the meetings, there is still an opportunity for you to provide input and ask questions.
View a video recording of the meeting presentation.
View the meeting FAQs and ask any additional questions you may have.
Provide location specific input along the rail trail on this interactive map. For example, do you have a trailhead or favorite destination the trail should connect with?
The meetings were invigorating and we are excited by the community enthusiasm and momentum for the Shenandoah Rail Trail. In the next few months, we’ll continue to connect with our trail neighbors, pursue acquisition with the money appropriated by the state last July and work with VDOT to finish the preliminary trail design.