The time and dollars allocated toward the Bourne Rail Trail have led to a fork in the road. The path is clear now. The physical, environmental, social and financial challenges associated with building alongside the railroad tracks are on record. Equally, justification for maintaining and accommodating the rails is absent. Bourne has chosen to become part of the Shining Sea Bikeway and Cape Vision 88.

Recognition goes to the many citizens, too numerous to mention, who did the advocacy work for eight years. Thanks goes now to Peter Meier, Judith Froman, Jared MacDonald, Mary Jane Mastrangelo and Melissa Ferretti on the Bourne Select Board, who last week endorsed the way forward. Most particularly, thanks goes to [US and state] Representatives Bill Keating and David Vieira, who followed the initiative since inception and are now taking the resolution to Governor Maura Healey to make all appropriate measures ensuring that construction of the pathway happens as expeditiously as possible with help from funds provided by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

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