$6.1 million announced for expanding Salisbury rail trail to Fruitland, Delmar
SALISBURY, Md- A $6.1 million federal appropriation requested by Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as part of the fiscal year 2023 federal appropriations process, by Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen woould fund a longer, safer, and more connected walkable rail trail.
The funding would be folded into a $22 million plan to expand the current trail in Salisbury, all the way from Fruitland to Delmar. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day says the plan will help to connect long-disadvantaged neighborhoods and help to make the city more walkable.
He tells us with rising fuel costs, the trail could also help cut down on the reliance on motor vehicles for commuters and residents looking to travel.
“Most people are worried about their daily transport options looking for affordable transport and movement by foot or bike or micro-mobility or buses but those are solutions that we have not had in a safe complete and connected way but we deserve it,” he said.
He tells us the trail will serve as that connected corridor, and increase development as well as increase the values of homes that are within walking distance from the trail.
According to Mayor Day, the first construction could take place in a year’s time.
A previous version of this article stated the funding was secured, rather than requested for the 2023 fiscal year