The Swampscott Rail Trail is about community. It is about a 2-mile linear park throughout our town for every neighborhood, every resident, and every age. The Rail Trail is about new and better ways to connect our neighborhoods and our residents.
In May 2017, the Swampscott Town Meeting overwhelming approved (by a vote of 210 to 56) a warrant article to approve moving forward with the Rail Trail and to provide funding for the design and engineering of the trail location as well as the costs for the acquisition of the easement rights. This warrant article was unanimously sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and supported by the Finance Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, School Committee, Planning Board, Open Space Committee and Conservation Commission.
In June 2017, a town-wide election was held to bring the question of the Rail Trail project to the entire community. Swampscott responded with a resounding YES!, voting to re-confirm the Town Meeting decision by a margin of 12%.