Middlesex County, N.J., Converts Unused Land Into Valued Local Asset

Posted 09/24/12 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Success Stories, Building Trails

Photo © Middlesex County Freeholders

"The county turned an abandoned railway, which could easily have become useless land, into a fantastic asset for our residents to enjoy."

This comment by Middlesex County's Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano, as quoted in an article atmycentraljersey.com, demonstrates the growing appreciation of the benefits of rail-trail projects by community leaders across America.

Rafano was talking about the recent opening of the Middlesex Greenway, a 3.5-mile portion of the disused Lehigh Valley rail corridor that has been converted into a multi-use trail connecting county parks, schools and shopping centers.

The Middlesex Greenway, which runs between Woodbridge, Metuchen and Edison in north-central New Jersey, now forms an important link in the developing East Coast Greenway, an ambitious project to connect nearly 3,000 miles of trails between Canada and Key West, Fla.

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