Proposed beltline trail derailed by Norfolk Southern’s $7.1M asking price

Get it? Derailed? Because… trains?

Meh.

The Durham News is reporting that Norfolk Southern is demanding a cool $7.1M for the 2.25 mile abandoned rail corridor that encompasses downtown Durham, a sum that dwarfs the $2M in “use it or lose it” Federal funding Durham has available for the project.

You may recognize this as the abandoned railroad corridor which is visible throughout downtown, and you can certainly imagine how cool it would be if this route was actually available for use as a ped / bike trail.

Although it now seems unlikely that the city will be able to purchase the corridor, Bonfield mentions that a lease is still a possibility.

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