Portland-Columbia footbridge. From there, it extends north along Route 611 to Delaware Water Gap. The trail will be available for foot traffic and bicycles. Ideally, the rail will be paved and 10-12' wide.
Acevedo calls the project a "challenge" because the 611 portion of the rail is narrow. Parking is being considered at the old railroad station in Portland.
Portland, Upper Mount Bethel Township and Delaware Water Gap have already adopted a memorandum of understanding, and now it is up to Monroe and Northampton Counties to adopt an intergovernmental agreement for the planning, design and acquisition. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has committed $50,000 to help fund the project, provided there is a match from each county.
Council member John Cusick said that state and federal funding should be sought, especially from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. He also believes hotel taxes could be used because this project promotes tourism.