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Continuing to prioritize a high level of access to the Commonwealth’s natural resources, and recognizing the economic, recreational, environmental, transit and public health benefits of a state trail network, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today announced additional funding commitments to further develop the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) and increase the budget of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by 60%, from $1.1 million to $1.8 million. More from the Cape Cod Times:

A crowd of onlookers cheered and clapped as Gov. Charlie Baker and a delegation of Cape legislators crossed the new Cape Cod Rail Trail bridge over Route 134 Wednesday afternoon.

“This, from our point of view, is a wonderful way for us to improve tourism, improve recreation, improve environmental opportunities and improve transportation,” Baker told the crowd gathered in the parking lot at what was once a starting or end point on the rail trail but will now be a connecting point to 3.7 more miles of bike path that stretch through Yarmouth.

“I look forward to watching all the folks in the spandex find their way up the bridge and get going,” he said, smiling.

The event represented the opening of the bike and pedestrian bridge that was installed over the highway in April.

Read more from the Cape Cod Times.

Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Benefits of 150 Miles of New Trails for Walking and Biking

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