In June Swampscott voters approved a plan to design and build a recreational easement along the line of a former rail bed that runs from Marblehead through the town. The plan, when completed, would be a pedestrian and bike path connecting with Marblehead’s utility corridor easement at Seaview Avenue and extending to the current Swampscott rail station.
Meanwhile, Salem continues to develop a bike path extending from the other end of Marblehead’s railroad bed at Lafayette Street crossing Rt. 1A, Loring Avenue, and passing through the Salem State University campus. When finished, this Salem branch will reach Riley Plaza in the downtown area. Eventually, the rail bed begun in the nineteenth century by the Eastern Railroad will be available to pedestrians and bicyclists from Riley Plaza in Salem, through Marblehead, all the way to the Swampscott MBTA commuter rail station.