April 1998

ARRT on All Four Town Meeting Warrants
Your Support is Key to ARRT's Success!

This spring articles concerning ARRT will appear on the town meeting warrants of all four towns. The articles will ask voters to authorize their selectmen to negotiate for the acquisition of key parcels along the former Marlborough Railroad for the purpose of creating a bicycle and pedestrian path.

In the fall of 1997, ARRT was conditionally awarded an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) grant of $773,000. The grant earmarks $668,000 to provide funding for land acquisition along the entire proposed 12.5 mile route from Marlborough to the South Acton commuter rail station. The remaining $105,000 is intended to provide funding for design of the section in Marlborough and Hudson.

To receive this federal transportation funding, each town must provide a 10% local match. Town meetings will be asked to authorize short-term borrowing for the reimbursable funds, as well as to appropriate the 10% local match. (To get a head start on the acquisition process, Hudson, Stow, and Maynard have all committed planning board or conservation commission funds, which count toward this local match.)

Town Meeting Dates
Acton     April 6
Hudson    May 4
Stow      May 18
Maynard   May 18
This spring s town meetings are critically important to ARRT's success. If you are a registered voter in Acton, Maynard, Stow, or Hudson, please attend town meeting and vote in favor of ARRT.

Acton Town Meeting to be ARRT s First Test with Voters
Next week s town meeting in Acton marks the first time articles concerning ARRT appear on any town s town meeting warrant.

Article 3 concerns Acton s local match for the ISTEA grant. Voters will be asked to approve a transfer of approximately $15,000 of free cash to cover the costs of appraisals, surveys, and legal work associated with acquiring the Marlborough Railroad right-of-way.

Article 4 concerns the reimbursable portion of the ISTEA grant. Voters will be asked authorize the selectmen to negotiate the purchase of the right-of-way, and to approve short-term borrowing of approximately $150,000 to cover the acquisition. The $150,000 represents Acton s reimbursable portion of the ISTEA grant.

Acton s Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at Acton-Boxborough High School.

Because Acton is the first of the four  town meetings this spring, a favorable vote is important to our continued success.

If you are a registered voter in the town of Acton, please attend Town Meeting on April 6 and vote in favor of Articles 3 and 4. Your vote at can make a difference!

Informational Meeting in Acton Shares Ideas and Opinions

On Wednesday, March 25, ARRT volunteers held an informational meeting for Acton residents interested in the rail trail project. Approximately 75 people attended the two-hour session, including members of town government, neighborhood residents, and interested citizens from other parts of Acton. The meeting provided an opportunity for members of the community to voice their ideas and express their opinions about the project.

Thank you to all of the ARRT volunteers who organized and participated in this meeting.

Sponsorship Renewal Drive Continuing Through April
Renew Your Sponsorship Now!
Our spring sponsorship renewal drive is continuing through April. In response to last month s appeal, we received sponsorship renewals from more than 20 ARRT supporters. Thank you to all who contributed.

As you can see from the articles in this edition of Assabet River Rail Trail News, this is a critical time for the Assabet River Rail Trail. Articles concerning ARRT are on the spring Town Meeting warrants. Our project is rapidly building momentum in all five communities. Along with this increased attention comes the need for continued research, community outreach, and communications the things your contributions support. Please consider renewing your sponsorship now, using the enclosed form. Thanks.

Informational Meeting in Maynard Planned for May 12

In preparation for next month s Maynard town meeting, ARRT volunteers have scheduled an information session for Maynard residents to discuss the current state of the project. The meeting will provide Maynard residents to share their ideas and express their concerns about ARRT. It will be similar in format to the recently held Acton informational meeting.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Maynard Town Hall, room 201. Contact: Robin Schulman, 978 897-5906.

ARRT Invited to Host Community Service Day Project
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School has asked ARRT to host a community service day program for their senior class. The service day will be Friday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The students will be available to help ARRT with work that supports the initiative tin the local community. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and on the day of the event. Contact: Jeff Richards, 978 568-1864.

Upcoming ARRT Events
April 2   Monthly meeting     Hudson Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
April 4   Marlborough trail cleanup     Meet at Kelleher Field, 9:00 a.m.
May 7     Monthly meeting     Maynard Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.
June 11   Monthly Meeting     Marlborough location TBD, 7:00 p.m.
June 14   River Ride, cosponsored with Sudbury Valley Trustees and Nashoba 
          Valley Peddlers     Contact Mark Geoffroy, 508 485-0747, for more 
Next ARRT Volunteers  Meeting April 2
The next ARRT volunteers  meeting is planned for Thursday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the Hudson Town Library, lower meeting room. We will be discussing preparations of the upcoming town meetings and other spring events.

Cleanup Planned April 4 for Marlborough Section
A rail-trail cleanup is planned for the section between Hudson and Ash Streets in Marlborough on Saturday, April 4.

Volunteers should meet at Kelleher Field at 9:00 a.m. Loppers and saws are the best tools to bring, and all cleanup volunteers should wear work gloves and sturdy footwear.