The Northampton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave unanimous support to the conversion of almost 50 miles of abandoned railroad tracks to a multi-use recreation trail.
Canonie Atlantic Company is a private entity that owns 49.1 miles of railroad corridor located in Accomack and Northampton Counties commonly called the Eastern Shore Railroad (ESHR).
Canonie Atlantic Company has filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board to discontinue service and end its common carrier
obligation to provide freight rail service over the approximately 49.1 miles of rail line in Accomack and Northampton Counties. The Surface Transportation Board decided on October 31, 2019 to approve Canonie Atlantic Company’s petition.
The project is called “rails to trails”. There provisions that would allow for the trail to be converted back to railroad use if deemed necessary.
Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Association with support from the Virginia Bicycling Federation has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to approve a Certificate or Notice of Interim Trail Use to work with the Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission, Canonie Atlantic Company, and the Counties of Accomack and Northampton to begin work on the project.