2023 RAISE Grant
The Ecusta Trail
An Engine for Reimagining Rural Mobility + Economic Recovery
Grant Award Notification!
On June 22, 2023, Senator Thom Tillis announced that the US Department of Transportation is awarding North Carolina with seven RAISE grants totaling more than $65 million. These awarded projects includes the City of Brevard's request of $24,559,469 for the construction of the Ecusta Trail.
The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, is one of the biggest federal transportation grants. Awarded projects are chosen through a rigorous merit-based process designed to select projects with exceptional benefits that promise to achieve significant local or regional impact.
The Ecusta Trail: An Engine for Rural Mobility and Economic Recovery project will construct nearly 19 miles of shared-use path along a former rail line that will connect Brevard and Hendersonville, and many communities in Transylvania and Henderson Counties in between. The project will enhance equitable mobility for the region, providing access to public investments and community assets via a safe, sustainable, and active route of transportation for walking, bicycling, and micromobility.
The City of Brevard will be working in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to draft and sign the grant agreement with USDOT. The City will also sign an agreement with NCDOT to act as the grant administrator and manager on behalf of the City. Only after these agreements are executed can construction begin.
As the grant progresses, all reports, updates, and other documentation will be made publicly available on this page as required by the grant program. For information about the trail and it's design and construction progress, visit the Ecusta Trail project page.
Application Information and Documents
City of Brevard Resolutions
- Building Brevard Comprehensive Land Use Plan Public Hearing Draft 2023-02-14
- Brevard Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan
- City of Brevard Complete Streets Policy
- City of Brevard Bicycle Friendly Communities Implementation Plan
- City of Brevard Downtown Master Plan Summary Report
- Henderson County Greenway Master Plan