Wilmington Rail Trail

In January 2020, the Wilmington MPO and the Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail kicked off the development of a multimodal master plan for the downtown rail corridor between 3rd Street and McRae Street. The effort is being funded by the WMPO’s federal Direct Attributable funding and a donation from the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. The plan is intended to address the feasibility for use of the corridor by bicycles, pedestrians, and future passenger rail service. The final plan will offer potential alignment and points of access, as well as recommendations for the integration of public art into the corridor.

Downtown rail corridor between 3rd Street and McRae Street.

The development of the plan has been guided by a steering committee comprised of WMPO, City of Wilmington, and NCDOT staff, as well as members of the Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail, the Arts Council, and citizen advocates for the project. Stakeholder involvement and the understanding of existing conditions and constraints has been incorporated into the plan’s development thus far. The final step, and perhaps most important, is the inclusion of the public’s vision for the corridor.

Please take a few minutes to review and comment on the draft master plan to make sure your voice is heard!

Wilmington Rail Trail Draft Master Plan

Comments about the draft plan can be submitted by email to wmpo@wilmingtonnc.gov

Comments can also be mailed to the WMPO at the following address:

Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
305 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 1810
Wilmington, NC 28402-1810

Hard copies of the draft plan are available at the WMPO Office located at 305 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor, Wilmington as well as the New Hanover County Public Library (Main Branch) located at 201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington.

Please contact Abby Lorenzo (abby.lorenzo@wilmingtonnc.gov) with questions.

The WMPO is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request accommodation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at 910-341-3258 or wmpo@wilmingtonnc.gov.