The dream of connecting the Cape Cod Canal and the Shining Sea Bikeway via the Bourne Rail Trail took a huge step forward earlier this week with the announcement of $285,000 in state funding to support the design and engineering of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the BRT!!!! The Town of Bourne, in conjunction with the Friends of BRT, will receive the grant through the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s MassTrail’s Grant Program.
The BRT is one of 71 projects funded across the state this year, and the grant award of $285,000 is one of the three largest MassTrails grants ever awarded.
“Our administration is proud to prioritize the state trails system, which builds community pride, connects municipalities, and improves quality of life throughout Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at the awards ceremony on Wednesday in Lowell. “By working in partnership to support these 71 trail projects, we are able to invest in the enhancement of our communities, and ensure natural resources are protected and available for all to appreciate and enjoy.”
We are thrilled and honored that the state has recognized the BRT as a high priority project. In the last month, the Trail has received national and state-level grant awards! There is no question that your frequently and enthusiastically expressed support has played a huge part in these successes. We look forward to continued progress and we hope to see you on August 17th for our second annual TrailFest at Aptucxet Trading Post in Bourne!