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Here's the 2017 Archive for the Norwottuck Network's

Free E-Newsletter about Trail Development in the Northeast.

Rail Trail Newsletter December 20, 2017 #15

  • One of the things I love most about land trusts is their can-do spirit.

  • Golden Spike 2018 0 JULY 27 and 28, 2018 at Northampton Union Station

  • Selectmen Approve Belmont Community Path Route

  • Letter to the Editor about the Tunnel being open now

  • And here it is, HOT OFF THE PRESS from the Governor's office this morning

  • ‘I’m tired of riding my bike everyday and constantly feeling like I’m going to die’

  • Rail Trail: Luxury or necessity?

  • 25th Anniversary for the Minuteman Rail Trail

  • Looking To Bridge Another Trail Gap


  • The Bay Area’s Expanding Bike Share Is Part Of Ford’s Transition From Cars To “Mobility”


Rail Trail Newsletter November 18, 2017 #14

  • State is providing $1.7 million for Construction of the Wayland, Weston section of the MCRT

  • GLX constructors picked for Green Line design-build contract 

  • Grassroots Effort Leads To Rebirth Of The Air Line Railroad In Portland

  • Holliston OKs CPA funds to cover budget gap for 8 Arch Bridge repairs

  • Bellingham bike ride promotes rail trail

  • 2017 City Election Candidate Survey Responses

  • Court Rules in Favor of the West River Rail Trail

  • Ulster County lawmakers approve removal of tracks to create Ashokan trail

  • Parks Trails New York's New Report About The Economic Impact Of Investing In State Parks


Rail Trail Newsletter November 6 2017 #13


  • NEWS from the Community Path Extaka CPX

  • Rockland, Abington receive grant to pave Hanover Branch Rail

  • Chicopee bike path nearly ready for construction

  • Next step on East Side Greenway plan

  • Public Invited to Discuss Bike Path Routes In Plainville 

  • Southington’s rail-trail is closing the gap with Plainville

  • In N.H.'s North Country, ATV Tourism Revs Up A Culture Clash

  • At 92, Carroll crosses the bike path off her bucket list

  • Support the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at the Annual Greenway + Industry Event

  • Rail trail connections coming to Salisbury

  • Initiative to close trail gaps in MetroWest

  • Benefits of Greenways in the Triangle Region of North Carolina


Rail Trail Newsletter October 10, 2017 #12

  • Some bits of good news from Somerville and Cambridge

  • Mass DCR awards $50,000 to extend the Mass Central Rail Trail in the Leeds section of Northampton

  • Dissecting the proposed rail trail in Weston, MA

  • Now live on one of my websites, an ARCHIVE for you.

  • Swampscott, MA Advances Its Rail Trail Plans

  • STANTEC lands $240K contract for Swampscott Rail Trail

  • Local residents gather, share memories of the evolution of Keene NH's rail trails

  • Bicyclist says she didn’t pull over for Arlington, MA police as a bit of a protest

  • Communities receive grants for recreational trails

  • Here's TWO stories about the Regional Plan Association plan to connect 1,650 miles of trails in the tri-state area

  • BPAC holds first meeting in Narragansett, RI

  • EPA Announces Superfund Cleanup Completion and Rail Trail Opening in Southington, Conn.

  • Charter Oak Greenway in CT Nearing Completion, Bridges On The Way. [Another column by Peter Marteka of the Hartford Courant; one of the region's best writers about trail development.--CDP]

  • Carmel, Indiana, Shows Suburbs How to Go Big on Biking

Newsletter #11 September 20, 2017

  • Input wanted on new Weston rail trail

  • Northampton Underpass update


  • North Adams, MA Bike Path Plans Draw Complaints, Praise

  • Swampscott, MA Advances Its Rail Trail Plans

  • A love affair, on two wheels

  • Forgotten River Will Get a Walkway

  • Greenways attract Nashville home buyers and developers

  • Great TED Talk on the Walkable City

  • If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal


  • Bicyclists celebrate East Coast Greenway in NH

  • Abandoned Railroads Become Vibrant Paths But Some Communities in EMass Voice Concerns


  • Turn over a new leaf: Chase that autumn foliage on foot

  • How the Malden River can rise from a polluted past


Newsletter #10 September 7, 2017

  • How One Massachusetts Downtown Bounced Back From The Crippling Shadow Of A Mall And Walmart

    [pssst, the Rail Trail passes through the downtown--CDP]

  • Unused bridges, and former rail corridors find new life as urban trails

  • The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Recently Gave Me an Award for My Work on Rail Trails

  • Seven Stunning Sights From RTC’s New England Mapping Trips

  • National Grid Owned Former Trolley Corridor In Eastern NY Is Now Becoming A Rail Trail

  • The Plan For The State To Pay For Long-Term Maintenance Of The "Electric Trail"; Gets Positive Review From Locals

  • Eagle Scout Project Brings Stories to the Rail Trail in Holliston

  • Rail Trail Planners Urge NH DOT To Buy Newly Abandoned Line at Concord, NH

  • Swampscott Puts Out a RFQ for Engineering Firms Interested in Moving the Rail Trail Project Forward


Newsletter #9 August 10, 2017

  • Mass DOT's Bike-Ped Advisory Board recently met in Northampton at DOT District 2 HQ

  • Did you know that AMC now has an experienced trail building crew available for hire?

  • Proposed Tiverton Bike Path

  • Editorial: Railing about the trail in Plainville and Southington, CT

  • Biking across Lake Champlain on an old railroad causeway

  • Therapy on Wheels: Biking in Western Mass

  • The ARRT Now Sees Kayaks, Too

  • More New Yorkers Opting for Life in the Bike Lane

  • TWO NH Communities Appeal for Federal Leeway on Trails. They Want to Allow ATVS on Their Rail Trails.


Newsletter #8 July 15, 2017

  • Interesting Op-Ed by Larry Tucker

  • Eversource makes case for Sudbury-Hudson power line

  • The Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways have hired a part-time staffer!

  • A couple of videos from Edison, NJ that talk about the rail trail there.  A part of the East Coast Greenway.

  • Bridge Rehab starts on future Columbia Greenway river crossing

  • Residents voice opposition to Plainville-Southington, CT trail alignment

  • In other news in CT along the Farmington corridor

  • Looking for some great INFOGRAPHICS to help get the trail built in your town?

  • Ground Breaking for Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Extension in Concord, MA

  • Governor Attends Event Celebrating Opening of New Cape Cod Rail Trail Bridge

  • Taxes on Bikes?

  • The biggest infrastructure project in the US is a 3,000-mile bike path


Newsletter #7 June 24, 2017

  • STATUS UPDATE: MCRT route through Somerville is not fully locked-down

  • Mass Central Rail Trail tunnel project on schedule

  • My Memories of David Burwell, his Mother and the Inspiring House in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

  • Assabet River Rail Trail progress report

  • Neponset Greenway Trail Open for Use

  • Canadian tourism officials would like the East Coast Greenway to connect  into the Canadian Maritime provinces.

  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is now 12.2 miles

  • Clashing Visions for Old Rail Bed (Just Don’t Call It the High Line of Queens)

  • 40 Rail Trails on YouTube


  • How the Cape Cod Rail Trail Came To Be.

  • Rail-Trails Celebrated as ‘Vibrant Sign of Renewal’

  • New York Resident Makes His Mark In PBS Show

  • Trail Loved by the Economic Development Corporation in Putnam County in eastern New York

  • Adirondacks are Anomaly in ‘Rails-to-Trails’ Doc

  • The plan to Connect Two Major Bike Paths at the Albany Waterfront

  • A Guide To CT's Trails, Long And Short


Newsletter #6 May 2, 2017

  • Things are moving ahead on Waltham's section of the MCRT

  • MCRT Route Alternatives through Belmont

  • Update on the MCRT's Northampton tunnel

  • Rail trail will be ‘an asset’ for Concord

  • Lake Placid Officials Hold Informational Meeting On Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan

  • Rail Trails in NY on PBS

  • LETTER: Time for Swampscott rail trail has come, writes Select Board

  • Rail trail reality: 'It's perception'



  • And then there was this from Attorney Michael Pill

  • Dover citizens approve lease for rail trail at Dover Town Meeting.

  • Connecticut NEWS:  Movement to complete state’s trails gaining momentum

  • Please come to  the  Public Information Meeting on May 22, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Plainville, CT Public Library Auditorium

  • An archive of these newsletters is now set up


Newsletter #5 May 17, 2017    

  • To Advance the MCRT, Massachusetts DCR endorses  Sudbury-Hudson Power Line Project 

  • Three Routes Presented As Finalists for Belmont’s Community Path on the MCRT 

  • MASS DCR --An Agency in Need of a Vision.

  • Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in VT Launches a $3M Capital Campaign

  • LETTER: Yes to rail trail (in Dover, MA)

  • Bike or Run Along These 3 Former Railroad Routes (in New England.)

  • Bridges, rail corridors find new life as urban trails

  • Rail Trail Article Approved By One Vote! Town Meeting says YES! by 342-341 vote.

  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail extension planned for 2018


Newsletter #4 April 28, 2017

  • MCRT in the news 

  • Was There an Earlier Bike Lane, than Davis, CA?

  • Swampscott is still debating the worthiness of a trail that connects several schools

  • Clipper City Rail Trail seeking mural artists

  • Trail Extensions being planned in Manchester, NH 

  • Voices from the Valley,  Interviews Gary Briere

  • Plainville, CT the primary gap in the longest interstate trail in New England. Here's an update.

  • News from Dover, MA

  • Study on Naugatuck Greenway notes potential economic impact

  • New Option Floated for Rail Trail Extension on Cape Cod


Newsletter #3 April 14, 2017

  • Go West, Young Rider! Mass Central Rail Trail's Westward Progress

  • Do Homebuyers Value Recreational Trails?

  • The Burke-Gilman Trail

  • The Back Story for the Shining Sea Trail that is Still Reverberating Today

  • 50 Years Ago the First Bike Lane in U.S. Opened

  • Rail-Trail Effect: On the Success of the Minuteman and Other Bike Paths 

  • In the Last Newsletter, the Story of Schell Bridge in Northfield, MA  was the Most Popular One. But Here is the Bigger Story!

  • Construction on Greenway Trail in Seymour, Connecticut - Due to Begin on April 1 

  • Building More Bike Paths Right Into Downtown


Newsletter #2 March 24, 2017 

  • Wayland section will be under construction in 2017

  • NY, a State "Hungry for Trails" and Savors Gov. Cuomo's 750 Mile Plan!

  • Farmington Canal as a Green Space

  • New Book about the Farmington Canal is Now Available! 

  • First came transit-oriented communities, now it’s ‘trail-oriented’ development.

  • MassDOT plans network of bike paths to keep pace with demandThe Quick Story of Schell Bridge in Northfield, MA and How it is Spawning Copy-Cat Bike-Path Bridges in Keene, NH.



Newsletter #1 February 15, 2017 

  • Mass Central Rail Trail Tunnel Takes Shape 

  • Greater Walkway Experience

  • Railways and Trailways Co-exist 

  • Leominister-to-Fitchburg Rail Trail Nearly Underway 

  • Seabrook to Request Funding for Section of Rail Trail 

  • Travel by Train and Bring Your Bike Along! 

  • Feasibility Study for Dedham Heritage Rail Trail Released 

  • Video #8 Northampton/Hadley on the Mass Central Rail Trail. Largely about the Bridge and environs. 

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