Falmouth EDIC Considers Crossing To Falmouth Station
The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is working with MassDevelopment to build a crossing over the railroad tracks to connect the Shining Sea Bikeway and the Falmouth Station.
“What the intent would be is to put a wooden-type crossing across from the bike path to the bus station, and this would enable people to come off the bike path, walkers or bikers, and go to the bus station for the facilities or stop at the cafe,” EDIC member Christopher R. Simmler said, describing the crossing as a safer path to the station than going around through the street and parking lot.
The application to MassDevelopment is due December 21. The fundraising period would run from January to March. Mr. Simmler suggested a GoFundMe to help raise money for the $30,000 project, which includes the crossing, signage, picnic tables and bike racks. The crossing would meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. It would include a lane for bikers, a walkway and a seating area.
“MassDevelopment would match us at 50 percent, so we’d need $15,000,” Mr. Simmler said. After the fundraising period end, MassDevelopment gives them six months to begin the project and 18 months to complete it. Mr. Simmler said they could issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project in April or May, and complete construction in one month. He described the crossing as phase one of the project.
“The endgame would be, working with the Friends of Falmouth Station, is to put a railroad car inside of this bridge, potentially make a plaza and turn it into something, whether it a museum, a cafe, bike storage, a shop, something,” Mr. Simmler said.