The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan during their meeting on September 24, 2015. Listed within the Bicycle & Pedestrian section of the 2040 MTP Horizon 2, is Phase I of the Ecusta Trail. Phase I of the trail will start in Hendersonville and continue to Laurel Park with a NCDOT funding level of $2,141,000.
This is a very important step for the Ecusta Trail for a number of reasons; first, as a part of NCDOT's long-range plan it makes the Ecusta Trail open for potential funding grants in addition to DOT funds. Secondly, NCDOT recogniizes the Ecusta Trail as a recreational and alternative transportation source for Henderson County. The complete funding list can be seen here.
Also approved on this plan were:
Extending the Oklawaha Greenway from Jackson Park to the Henderson County campus of Blue Ridge Community College.
Construction of the Meritor Greenway in Fletcher.