Funding vote raises trail hopes

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Arlington Center Boston Globe/File 2010

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Local bicycle enthusiasts say they are excited to see more state and federal money committed to trail projects in the coming years, including those in Arlington, Holliston, Acton, Concord and Maynard.

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, which makes decisions on how federal transportation dollars are spent in the region, voted recently to include money for several local projects in its Transportation Improvement Program for 2014-2017. The plan still needs final approval from the Federal Highway Administration and is subject to availability of federal dollars.

“They put money where their mouth is,’’ said Tom Michelman, an Acton resident, who is also president of the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. “It’s encouraging.’’

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