SEPTA,as owner of a railroad corridor known as the Fox Chase/Newtown Branch, Line Code No. 0325 railroad line (the “Premises”), agrees to enter into an agreement with Montgomery County for the long term use of the corridor on which no train service currently operates until such time as Rail service is reinstated,
and WHEREAS, SEPTA, for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar ($1.00)agrees to provide the County with a Trail Lease Agreement for use of the Corridor for an interim Trail, acknowledging that SEPTA has the paramount right to continue to use the Premises for its present railroad use and to return all or part of the Premises into an operating railroad and/or use the Premises for other public transport purposes, and
WHEREAS, SEPTA deems that the Non-Operating Newtown Branch and its
associated right-of way are not abandoned and SEPTA will retain the Non-
Operating Newtown Branch as part of the rail transportation system for use on an interim basis for recreational trail purposes as if under the National Trail Systems Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1247(d), and the Pennsylvania Rails to Trails Act, and WHEREAS, Montgomery County wishes to turn a portion of the Non-Operating Newtown Branch into an interim trail (“Pennypack Trail”) for recreational lpurposes such as, but not limited to, bicycling, walking, jogging, rollerblading, and cross country skiing for use by the public consistent with the guidelines for trail development within Montgomery County. NOW, THEREFOR, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners hereby authorize and direct that the Lease Agreement by and between Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the County of Montgomery , which provides among other things for a multi-use public use Trail upon a part of a Non-Operating railroad corridor known as the Fox Chase / Newtown Branch, Line Code No. 0325, as if under the National Trail Systems ct, 16 U.S.C. § 1247(d), and the Pennsylvania Rails to Trails Act for a consideration of $1.00 for the, be approved and signed by the Board of the County Commissioners.
Funny how UST in Bucks was told no, but Rockledge in Montco was given a green light. The Pitcairns win again!
That's all folks..............anotherone bites the dust!