I think it is a wise decision to preserve the E&N rail, right of way, for future use.
That being said, and the request for $15 million should be questioned, as to how the money will be used.
For example, I was shocked to see the E&N people using instead of the usual creosoted ties beautiful, very expensive, untreated yellow cedar ties.
It is like a person wanting to build a fence around their property, and going to the lumber yard and buying untreated 4×4 lumber, for fence posts.
Instead of indiscriminately handing out money, they should check for common sense, experience and competence of the receivers. A good idea, by itself, is not enough to get funds.