Here's the 2022 Archive for the Norwottuck Network's 
Free E-Newsletter about Trail Development in the Northeast.

Rail Trail Newsletter #72 - November 2022

  • Mass DCR is updating their Public Access Plan for the Wachusett Reservoir--and the iconic dam near where the MCRT passes over the Nashua River in Clinton.

  • Norwottuck Network seeks input on rail trail expansion.

  • Friends of the Belchertown Greenway get grant to look at the bent timber trestle bridge

  • $45M mixed-use building for 55 and older planned for King Street in Northampton

  • Eversource begins construction of their underground utility corridor under the future Mass Central Rail Trail.

  • The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission held a community meeting in New Braintree to discuss what the town would like to see at the site of the Tanner Hiller Airport.

  • Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of Multi-Community Northern Strand Trail

  • People Have No Idea Just How Unique This Village (Shelburne Falls) In Massachusetts Truly Is.

  • New greenway path in Lowell to the Concord River

  • Framingham & CSX Negotiate $5 Million Price For Bruce Freeman Trail

  • New engineering firm hired for Lynnfield’s portion of the rail trail project

  • Lawrence kicks off Manchester Street rail trail cleanup\

  • Inside the Bicycle’s Conquest of Amsterdam

Rail Trail Newsletter #71 - October 2022

  • HELP BUILD THE MCRT - TAKE BOTH OF THESE IMPORTANT SURVEYS.

  • See the video of Steven Hawk getting his Golden Spike GS2022 Award

  • Planning Underway for Mass. Central Rail Trail Link Over I-95 in Waltham, Weston Street

  • East Quabbin Land Trust and the Town of Hardwick started the construction of another section of the MCRT.

  • Plans to connect Hatfield to region’s network of trails (MCRT) win support from many, skepticism from others

  • The National Assoc. of City Transportation Officials recently held their annual conference in Boston and had a walking tour of a section of the MCRT in Somerville that is under construction 

  • MASSTRAILS CONFERENCE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th in FITCHBURG, MA

  • OSI Begins Construction on New Round of Improvements to Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

  • OP-ED | Rail With Trail In Connecticut, Long Overdue

  • Autumn on two wheels: 11 scenic bike rides across the Hudson Valley

  • News from the longest interstate trail in New England

  • The Ying and the Yang of Bedford along the Minuteman Bikeway

  • The nation’s expanding network of rail trails started in Chicago with one woman’s ambitious vision.

  • The Alien Plant that Can't be Stopped. 

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #70 - September 2022

  • GOLDEN SPIKE 2022 REELIFE PRODUCTIONS VIDEOS

  • For those who can't get enough of the Sudbury "to-do". 

  • And here's an interview with Len Simon, a former Selectman in Sudbury

  • On Sept 8th, the East Quabbin Land Trust held a ribbon-cutting, opening a new 2-3 mile section of the Mass Central Rail Trail. 

  • Golden Spike Plaque awarded to the National Grid team

  • Making the Connection:  The Massachusetts Movement to Connect 26 Communities with 104 Miles of Greenway

  • Proposal for 31-mile western Maine rail trail could go before Legislature as early as next year

  • Mohawk Trail multiuse path in Williamstown ready for use, will formally open this fall

  • Creating the Coastal Trail Network on the northshore of Massachusetts.

  • Ribbon-cutting on a new rail trail in Medfield, MA on a four town project

  • Next steps for the Boston Worcester Air Line Trail project

  • Belchertown Trail Adds Sensory Aspect to Hiking

  • Parker River Refuge Becomes a Hub for Accessible Trails

  • Andrew Brown's other piece in this realm of trails.

  • Documenting the Quest for Safer Streets

  • NATCO COMES TO BOSTON - Boston region will host hundreds of transportation engineers, planners, and transit officials

  • Washington Supreme Court Rules in favor of Severely Injured

Rail Trail Newsletter #69 - August 2022

  • GOLDEN SPIKE 2022 On July 30th we held our 8th GS event.

  • Alas, the 18+year saga of the "to-do" in Sudbury continues, but we getting near the end.

  • Deed for the MBTA purchase of corridor in 30 communities in the 1970s--including Sudbury.

  • Exciting News! Phase 2D in Sudbury is Advertised for Construction.

  • Eversource Gets The Green Light for the BFRT from Historic Districts Commission

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony brings first phase of Twin Cities Rail Trail to the finish line

  • The Jonah Center’s most far-reaching project — to connect the 2 longest multi-use trails in Connecticut 

  • MAINE'S EASTERN TRAIL SELECTED AS ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST RAIL-TRAILS

  • 16 Scenic Stops Along The Beautiful Cape Cod Rail Trail

  • In a virtual public hearing last week, MassDOT shared preliminary designs for a proposed rail trail project in Lawrence

  • People walking or biking the D&H Rail Trail in western Vermont were met with some overgrown sections

  • Officials laud emerging shared-use trail network in Bennington VT

  • Counters Give Valuable Information On Bike Path Use

  • Second tree sculpture takes root along city's rail trail

  • Southampton secures $300K to design 3.5-mile rail trail extension

  • The Fascinating Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Streetcar Suburbs

  • Late-night tandem bike ride leads to police stop — and calls to open East Bay Bike Path 24/7

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #68 - July 2022

  • Waltham is beginning construction their section of the MCRT.

  • Belchertown, MassDOT preserves an imporant section of MCRT right-of-way from being damaged and cut-off.

  • Friends of Northampton Trails continues support of environmental assets

  • MassTrails Grant Program Announces Funding for 81 Trail Projects Across the Common-wealth

  • Conine Family Foundation founders Alexi and Steve Conine are seen above with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the Trails Team event.

  • $32K Feasibility study for rail trail project in Athol is now funded through the MassTrails program

  • Bourne Rail Trail project gets $499,000 grant to expand Cape Cod bike paths

  • Each year, these MassTrails grants are leading to more and more trails.

  • New Twin Cities Rail Trail Offers Adventure In Leominster, Fitchburg

  • Native flowers, shrubs, and trees now decorate the unique pathway of the Assabet River Rail Trail

  • Bikeway Ambassadors to lead guided rides this summer

  • New Paths in Peabody Will Fill Missing Links on Border-to-Boston Trail 

  • Missing middle where the trains used to run

  • Abandoned Railways and Urbanism

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #67 - June 2022

  • BACK AGAIN TO THE 18+ YEAR SAGA IN SUDBURY

  • Ware's, the East Quabbin Land Trust is replicating a wetland through an agreement with National Grid to build out the trail in Ware and Gilbertville

  • Eversource has formally announced that they are now past all the lawsuits and are working with the Conservation Commissions in both Sudbury and Hudson

  • 4 fabulous rail trails in New England by the Boston Globe

  • Greenways, including two in Groton, CT, highlighted at state event 

  • Portland to Auburn rail trail possibilities under consideration

  • Proposed bicycle trail system could connect Maine's 25 biggest communities by 2030

  • Long Island's North Shore Rail Trail opens, repurposing abandoned railroad line into recreational trail

  • U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.6 Million for Trail Expansion to Boost Tourism in Southbridge, Mass

  • Danville plans to repurpose historic train station as rail trail hub 

  • Parker Street tunnel mural brings colorful life to Piscataquog Rail Trail MANCHESTER, NH 

  • The Cambridge bike lane battle is heading to court

  • What will the completed Lamoille Valley Rail Trail do for Franklin County, VT?

  • New Elevated Park Offers a Blueprint to Cooling Cities snaking over rooftops in downtown Rotterdam

  • What's your preferred bike trail surface: Gravel or pavement?

  • ‘It’s so freeing’: Boston women learn to bike as more protected lanes are built

  • Is North America poised for an e-cargo bike boom?

Rail Trail Newsletter #66 - May 2022

  • Legal Opinion to the Hudson Select Board about the continuing saga of the Eversource case.

  • Belmont Community Path Costs Explained

  • Clinton Greenway Conservation Trust is hosting two events

  • Vast holdings of dead RRs in Mass, more readily available to groups and communities--without any liability threats.

  • Attention CT and VT folks. NH is now getting their improved legislation done before you!

  • State, Local Officials Cut Ribbon for Pittsfield Rail Trail Extension

  • Massachusetts is the best state for bicyclists, getting ranked top ‘bicycle friendly’ state in 2022

  • Sudbury, Mass N-S trail getting underway finally, while the E-W trail still conjuring up some hand-wringing and angst.

  • Twin Cities Rail Trail poised to join area’s pathway gems

  • First phase of Twin Cities Rail Trail slated to open in June

  • Manchester voters approved the town’s purchase of the privately held Historic Manchester Rail Trail

  • Fund-raiser to have an engineer look at small, bent timber bridge on the MCRT in Belchertown.

  • Swampscott Rail Trail will provide residents with an amazing amenity

  • Rail trail advocates outraged over switch from tunnel to ‘spaghetti plan’ at Derry’s new highway exit

  • state of NY going to rebuild a RR bridge over the Hudson. 

  • NYC to fill gaps in Brooklyn, Queens bike and pedestrian greenways with $48M investment

  • Lamoille Valley Rail Trail enters final phase of across-the-state construction

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #65 - April 2022

  • Another 2.3 miles of the MCRT begins construction in Ware and Gilbertville

  • DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MCRT INTERSECTS WITH SEVENTEEN OTHER TRAILS?

  • LEARN MORE about our GOLDEN SPIKE PLAQUES we present, at our GOLDEN SPIKE EVENTS

  • Town of Bedford, MA narrowly rejected necessary land acquisitions for the town’s “Minuteman Bikeway Extension” project

  • Urban trails are part of the climate change solution

  • Nature in the Neighborhood: Swampscott needs to ask, what would Olmsted do?

  • Rail trail is not the solution to Swampscott's green space issue Wicked Local

  • The Smallest New Yorkers Join the Pandemic Biking Surge

  • Senator Schumer calls for new Federal program to fund investment in outdoor industry

  • Cities Must Follow Through on Road Safety Plans. Here’s How.

  • Read what Expedia has said about Sustainable Tourism as being the next big thing.

Rail Trail Newsletter #64 - March 2022

  • Waltham Mayor Requesting $9.3M For Wayside section of the MCRT

  • Easthampton wins state grant to build safer route from rail trail to school

  • An Infographic About the MCRT

  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2022 GOLDEN SPIKE CONFERENCE Saturday July 30, 2022

  • Half-mile trail purchase will connect 59 mile Northern Rail Trail to Concord, NH proper.

  • South Coast--Mattapoisett Bike Path Plans, Costs Detailed

  • Contractors hope rail trail to be completed this year 

  • The sons of Betty Wold Johnson have donated her 800 acre Hopewell farm to D&R Greenway.

  • DEEP Announces $3 Million in Trail Grants For 20 Projects Across the State Funding Will Support Projects That Enhance and Improve CT’s Multiuse Trails

  • ew Trails We Can Look Forward to in Central and Western Mass. This Year 

  • Proposed rail trail to pass through North Attleboro, Plainville, Norfolk and Wrentham, Mass picks up momentum during pandemic

  • Blackstone Valley Greenway / Bikeway needs a champion 

  • How to Design a Bike Lane - Create obvious and clearly marked pathways.

  • The Futility of Picking Up the Trash. Litter collection may not be doing enough to stall a vicious cycle of new trash.

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #63 - February 2022

  • SUDBURY. The Surface Transportation Board has ruled against the group called "PROTECT SUDBURY".

  • National Grid has entered into a long term land agreement with the East Quabbin Land Trust

  • 25% Design in Belmont now Community Path Passes Phase 1 Milestone

  • Portland to Fryeburg Maine; a trail project starts to move ahead PORTLAND (WGME) 

  • Twin City Rail Trail. And btw, with a big, smacking, beautiful, new bridge built over Rt 2 too.

  • South Coast Bikeway Gets an Update

  • ‘I Wanted That Self-Reliance Back’: Disabled Hikers Forge a New Path

  • RTC Highlights the 1,400 mile, Landline project near Boston

  • 8 Townhomes Planned For Natick Site Along Rail Trail

  • Why NJ’s Essex-Hudson Greenway Will be a Game-Changer for Commuters, City Residents 

  • Vermont To Open 93-Mile Cross-State Trail in 2023

  • Teen’s report details bike and pedestrian challenges in downtown Westfield 

  • Westfield’s preferred connector trail cuts through North Side neighborhoods etc. 

  • 5 U.S. Cities Where Bike Commuting is Booming from the League of American Bicyclists 

  • State of Missouri has accepted a donation of 140+ miles of former RR corridor to build the Rock Island Trail