Mass Central Rail Trail

Weston's Involvement

With news of Eversource’s Access Road Project, the Board of Selectmen appointed the Rail Trail Advisory Committee to determine how best to accommodate the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in Weston, as well as to ensure the protection of Weston's historic and conservation assets. Please note, the committee is not overseeing or partnering with Eversource and Mass. DCR, the responsible parties of the access road/rail trail. The Town committee's charge is explained on its committee web page and its work is separate from the Eversource and DCR project.  Information on the access road project can be found on the "Construction" page.

Committee Progress

The Rail Trail Advisory Committee has been busy and secured state funds to assist in Weston’s planning portion of the MCRT, including landscape screening, parking, and signage. To date, the Committee has been awarded $100,000 through the state’s Recreational Trails Program, overseen by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and a $57,279 matching grant from DCR’s Partnership Matching Fund Program. The grants will be used to offset the $510,000 in Community Preservation Act funds that have been previously approved by Town Meeting in 2017 and 2018.

Currently, the Committee is working with an engineering firm and Weston's Department of Public Works to develop parking areas at the spurs along Concord Road and Church Street. It is also working to develop signage and landscaping plans to help screen affected abutters.

Residents who are interested in the Committee's work are encouraged to follow the Rail Trail Advisory Committee, either by attending meetings or reading its project blog. All meetings of the Committee are open to the public.

Construction Progress

The web page detailing construction progress has been updated for work through 2018 and upcoming work for 2019, which includes the closure of Conant Road in March/April while the underpass is reopened.

Comments

If you would like to participate in a public discussion, the Rail Trail Blog allows residents to provide public comments to project updates posted by the committee. Click here to find past and current posts.

If you are seeking an option to comment/ask questions about this project privately, a private comment form is available online. Comments submitted in this manner are not published online. Click here to submit comments privately.

The committee may also be contacted via email at RailTrail [at] westonmass.org

FAQ

Before submitting comments, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF), which gives an overview of the project and answers many of the questions the committee has already received.