Rail Trail Advisory Committee

The Board of Selectmen would like to hear from Weston residents wishing to serve as an at-large member on the Rail Trail Advisory Committee

Eversource maintains power lines within the right-of-way of the former Mass Central Rail Line, which runs for three miles in Weston, and is in the process of removing the rails and ties of the rail bed in order to create a gravel access road for its maintenance vehicles. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will be paving this road in order to create the Wayside Rail Trail, which will eventually link from Berlin to Waltham.

The Selectmen-appointed Rail Trail Advisory Committee is charged with the following:
  • conduct community outreach, especially from abutters of the rail trail; 
  • develop a scope of work, budget and implementation timetable; 
  • consider how the connections in neighboring communities will work in Weston; 
  • consider where user parking might fit to minimize neighborhood impacts; 
  • consider access to existing town trails that minimize damage to sensitive ecosystems; and 
  • consider how the rail trail could support and enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as improve access to transportation hubs planned by the Commonwealth.
This committee is comprised of 10 voting members, five of whom are representatives from the Conservation Commission, Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee, Traffic and Sidewalk Committee, Weston Forest & Trail Association, and the Recreation Commission.

Interested residents should submit a volunteer application, which is available to download or can be completed online, or send a letter of interest by email to selectmen@westonmass.org or by mail to the Board of Selectmen, P. O. Box 378, Weston, MA  02493 by Friday, December 15, 2017.