March 15, 2016: Eversource is having a public presentation of their proposed Sudbury-Hudson power line, hosted at the Hudson Town Hall. An overview of their plan is here. This is of interest to the ARRT and MCRT communities, because a line down the old Mass Central RR right-of-way would open it up to eventualy become another 7.6 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail and as the alternate route for the ARRT around the Stow stalemate. The meeting date and time is on the ARRT calendar page.
September 19, 2015: MassDOT advertised the Acton-Maynard trail project for construction. The bidding closes on February 23, 2016, with the winning bidder selected in April-May and construction starting in June-July. Once construction starts, it will take 2 years to finish.
The town of Acton has started a blog to track the progress of the construction.
August 3, 2015: The 100% design for the Acton-Maynard section was sent by the engineering firm to MassDOT. The document is here.
May 18, 2015: The 2015 Annual Maynard Town Meeting approved 4 ARRT related items. Included were ROW easements, the rezoning of the old 'Quirk' property for residential use, and a new Acton Street sidewalk for improved trail access.
May 1, 2015: May 1st was Senior Community Service Day at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Nineteen students volunteered to work on the Acton and Maynard parts of the trail. Under the supervision of David Mark, long-time ARRT volunteer, the students, armed with loppers, weed whips, rakes and hand saws, cleared the trail of downed branches and new growth - making it a safer place to run, walk or ride a bike. The students also cleared overgrowth and dead trees at the Marble family homestead historical site, adjacent to the Trail, in north Maynard. The morning ended successfully, with no bleeding, bruises or blisters, and hopefully no tick bites.
April 7, 2015: The 2015 Annual Acton Town Meeting had it's final ARRT related warrant, to appropriate up to $170,000 for the last required ROW easement. The vote was unanimous.
The ARRT can now accept donations and membership dues online. We are using the GuideStar-Network for Good system. More details and the payment link are |
April 1, 2015: The required Maynard and Acton Conservation Commissions approval process started with public hearings on March 17th and April 1st, in each town. Each commission received an environmental presentation from the engineering firm and their consultants. UPDATE: both town's conservation boards voted to approve the conservation aspects of the trail.
March 25, 2015: The MassDOT has scheduled a design public informational hearing for the Acton/Maynard ARRT project on April 30th at the Acton Town Hall. The full notice is here.
The project is now at the 75% design and is scheduled to go out to bid at the end of September 2015! Maynard and Acton started to submit the required conservation filings this month. October 21, 2014: The preliminary 75% design for the Acton-Maynard section was sent by the engineering firm to MassDOT. The document is here.
October 11, 2014: At the request of Acton and Maynard, survey letters were sent to the 180+ ROW abutters. They were asked to document their preferences in trail screening options. The responses so far are documented here.
June 8, 2014: Comments needed! It's that time of year again. The MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) is preparing their 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the ARRT project has been recommended in the TIP. Commenting is easy, with an online form on the MPO website.
A link to the form is here. Type "FFYs 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program" into the subject line, select "Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)" in the category menu and then type your comments in the message box. There is room for 3-5 sentences and should mention that you are in support of ARRT Acton-Maynard construction funding in the 2015 TIP.
The comment period runs through July 6th.
March 29, 2014: Francesca Demolition has started to remove the RR rails in Maynard. They started behind Cumberland Farms on Friday and will then move on to High Street. After Maynard is finished in a couple of weeks, they will move on to Acton. Only the rails are being removed in this phase of the project, with the complete trail construction still scheduled to start in 2016.