Mayors of Fishers, Noblesville announce plans for Nickel Plate Trail connecting cities

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Rendering of Nickel Plate Trail

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – The mayors of Fishers and Noblesville announced plans Tuesday for a pedestrian and bicycle trail that would link the two cities.

Joined by Hamilton County commissioners, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said Tuesday that the paved Nickel Plate Trail would extend 9.2 miles and connect from 96th Street in Fishers to Pleasant Street in Noblesville.

The plan would convert the Nickel Plate rail line into a greenway.

The trail, which will carry an estimated price tag of $9.3 million, will be developed under a federal program as part of the National Trails System Act, which allows owners of a rail corridor to convert the railroad to a pedestrian trail while preserving the right to re-establish rail service.

Fadness said the trail will give residents the chance to get out and experience the community. He believes it has the potential for a positive economic impact on the city.

Distlear echoed those thoughts, saying the trail will highlight the unique qualities of each city while preserving the “small-town charm” so valued in their communities.

Officials said the initial $9.3 million cost is subject to change. They said engineering and grant opportunities could help bring the cost down.

The federal Surface Transportation Board will oversee the rail banking process, which could take between 6 to 12 months.

Two community listening sessions are scheduled for community feedback:

  • Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Fishers City Hall Auditorium (1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46037)
  • Thursday, March 23 at Noblesville City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room (16 S 10th St, Noblesville, IN 46060)
  • Residents can also provide feedback or ask questions by emailing NPT@noblesville.in.us