Abandoned Rail Line

Eversource is preparing to conduct major work on its Access Road Improvement Project, which is located within the MBTA abandoned railroad property and existing Eversource right-of-way just north of Route 20. This work will include removing the old rails and ties of the former Mass Central Rail line, and creating a 16’ wide gravel drive to allow access for its maintenance of the existing electric transmission structures.

Public Meetings

On Tuesday, December 6th, Eversource will be appearing before the Conservation Commission at 7:40 p.m. for a public hearing at Town Hall for its wetlands permit. Residents with wetlands-related questions are welcome to attend. 

On Wednesday, December 7th at 7:40 p.m., the Board of Selectmen will be holding a public meeting at Town Hall to discuss Eversource’s Access Road Improvement project in greater detail, as well as what this will mean for the town as the exploration of utilizing the access road as a rail trail begins. Eversource will speak to its coordination with the Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) proposed development of the Mass Central Rail Trail within this MBTA corridor.

Notice of Intent and Site Plans

The plans for the Access Road Improvement Project that were filed by Eversource contain details on the maintenance road and the proposed work and impacts within the wetland areas.

Additional Information

The process of converting the abandoned Mass Central Rail Line, which covers a three-mile section of Weston, to a rail trail has been gaining momentum since 2011 when the MBTA signed a 99 year lease with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) giving it jurisdiction over the abandoned rail line. The rail line extends 23 miles from Berlin to Waltham is known as the Wayside Corridor. 

With news of Eversource’s project, the Board of Selectmen appointed the Rail Trail Advisory Committee to study a potential rail trail in Weston. The committee has just begun its study of the area. Its charge is explained on its committee web page. A committee report is anticipated in 2017.

To follow progress of the Rail Trail Advisory Committee, sign up to receive notifications under the Agenda Center on the Stay Informed page.