Welcome to the homebase of the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail, a volunteer based organization dedicated to bringing a multi-use pedestrian and bike path to the Town of Bourne. Dubbed the Bourne Rail Trail, this trail would connect the towns of Sandwich, Bourne, and Falmouth with 24 miles of uninterrupted path for the Upper Cape.
The vision for the Bourne Rail Trail/Shining Sea Extension has received tremendous public support and while this project is still in the preliminary stages of development, we have made great progress towards making the Bourne Rail Trail reality. In the Fall of 2018, Bourne Residents voted yes on funding for design and engineering of the first phase of the Bourne Rail Trail. This is an exciting step forward for the project. For more information on the Special Town Meeting funding and Phase 1, please visit our Phase 1 Planning page.
As of the Summer of 2019, the BRT project has received national and state support as recipients of $15,000 from Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund via the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and $285,000 in funding as a MassTrails Grantee.
Since that time the project has continued to receive strong local and regional support and is currently in early stages of a formal planning process. For more information, explore our website!