Rails to Trails
The Newtown Rail Trail/Pennypack Trail is now officially open to the public as of April 27, 2022.
UPDATE: The construction of the trail is proceeding as planned and is scheduled to be open for public use in the Summer 2021. In the interim, please be reminded that the trail is considered an active work zone and should not be used by the public. The safety of any users of the trail and construction workers is of paramount concern and both are at risk if the public uses the trail during its construction. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.
The project involves the construction of a shared-use path, approximately 2.5 miles long, along the former SEPTA Fox Chase-Newtown Railroad between County Line Road and Bristol Road in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County as part of a county-wide Rails to Trails project. Bucks County has acquired a long-term lease with SEPTA for use of this right of way for the shared use path. The shared-use path will be 10-12' wide and located on the former railroad bed. Most of the shared-use path treadway will be a soft surface material (i.e., granular). Only the approaches to roadway crossings will be paved with an impervious material such as bituminous or concrete paving.
- 12 ft wide crushed stone multi-use path
- 2 1/2 miles in length from County Line Road to Bristol Road
- Parking improvements at Southampton Train Station
- New traffic signal at County Line Road and New Road to allow safe trail crossings
- Improved crosswalk at Second Street Pike and Knowles Avenue
- Future connection to Pennypack Trail (by Montgomery County)
- Parking and access to trails within Tamanend Park