December 2010 Newsletter

December 8, 2010: The Town of Acton closed on the purchase of the 19 acre Caouette Farm in South Acton. With this purchase using Community Preservation Act money, the town directed AECOM engineers to plan a rerouting of the trail onto the farm property. The end result will be that the planned bike bridge over the MBTA RR tracks can be eliminated and the crossing of Maple Street shifted to a better location.

November 8, 2010: The Stow Special Town meeting tonight voted unanimously to fund the Town's 20% share of the cost to design the "Track Road" portion of the trail, using Community Preservation Act monies.

October 16, 2010: The state has released the money to finish designing the Acton & Maynard section of the trail. The Concord engineering firm AECOM (formerly EarthTech) resumed work last week and is tasked with bringing the design from 25% in 2008, all the way to 100% in 2011. They got off to a fast start, with lots of new survey markers in Maynard. Trail construction is still scheduled to start in 2014 at the earliest.

June 7, 2010: The Acton Selectmen endorsed the MBTA's new dual-platform redesign for the South Acton train station. Included in the design is a proposed 51 space parking lot on the south side of the station. This lot is not approved or funded yet. If built, it would meet the MassHighway's requirement that the ARRT end at a significant destination and might eliminate the need for a separate ARRT bridge across the RR tracks to the main parking lot. The plans can be seen here.

May 25, 2010:The Route-62 bridge replacement in Hudson is done, with the new ARRT bike lane now open. It closes what was a 100 yard gap in the trail since the Hudson section opened in 2005. Included is a new Cross Alert system at the Whispering Pine crosswalk. This is the 2nd of these high-tech systems to be installed on the ARRT in Hudson.

May 1, 2010: The bi-annual state rail trail count was May 1st this year. As always, the ARRT trail count in Hudson was part of it and the numbers were the best we've recorded in the 4 years since we started. We had 9 volunteers covering 9 hours. The total count was 841, an average of 90.4 people per hour. Our old record of 100 in one hour was broken 3 times, with a new record of 151/hour set at 11:00 AM.
Some selected data:
  • 63 children in carriers, baby carriages, etc.
  • 321 bicyclists
  • 376 walkers
  • 43 joggers