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Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee

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Documents

Committees

Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee - Mission Statement
Mission statement for the Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee as amended by the Board of Selectmen on September 21, 2011.
Published on Friday, September 23, 2011.

Conservation Commission

Wildlife Study #2 Map
This is the map prepared by Sue Morse to accompany the comprehensive Wildlife Study #2 of the proposed Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.
WILDLIFE STUDY #2 of proposed Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
A comprehensive Wildlife Study was completed with private funding to augment the Call of the Wild Study done by the Town of Sudbury in 2009. This new Wildlife Study, done by internationally acclaimed wildlife expert, Sue Morse, details existing wildlife and habitats along the proposed trail and the impacts that are likely to occur with trail construction. Scientific literature is cited throughout the document.
Published on Friday, September 09, 2011.

Presentation

RTAC - Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Environmental & Engineering Presentation - June 15, 2006
Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.
RTCAC - PowerPoint Presentation (September 14, 2006)
-The following topics were discussed:
-Where is the rail ROW under consideration?
-What is the process for converting the ROW?
-What were the results of the Trail Neighbors survey of 2005?
-What can we learn from studies of other trails?
Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2006.

Rail Trail

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Environmental & Engineering Final Assessment Report
The goal of this Assessment was to determine the feasibility of developing a rail trail along the corridor in accordance with the MassHighway Project Development & Design Guide (2006). Under this scenario, the trail would be designed and constructed using a combination of local (10%), state (10%) and federal (80%) funds. Other options under consideration by the Town include a No-Build alternative or a Town Design/Build alternative.
Published on Friday, January 05, 2007.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Environmental & Engineering Final Assessment Report Appendices
Published on Friday, January 05, 2007.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation
Published on Monday, November 23, 2009.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Study RFP
Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail PPIF 2008 Sudbury
Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Survey Results Available
Published on Tuesday, May 03, 2011.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Title Search Letter
Sudbury Town Counsel's opinion on the title review regarding the proposed rail trail. This review was requested by Article 22 at Sudbury Annual Town Meeting in 2007.
Published on Friday, December 31, 2010.
Bruce N. Freeman Memorial Bicycle Path Feasibility Study
The goal of the study was to assess the feasiblility of constructing a 4.6 mile Bruce N. Freeman Memorial Bicycle Path along the railroad right-of-way within the Town of Acton. If you would like to pickup a copy on CDROM call IT Dept. at 443-8891, x307.
Published on Friday, January 21, 2005.
Fire Chief's Responses to Questions Related to Public Safety on the Rail Trail
On September 12, 2006, the Rail Trail Committee supplied questions to the Sudbury Fire Chief, Kenneth MacLean regarding Public Safety along the Rail Trails in Sudbury. This document contains the questions and the Fire Chief's responses.
Published on Saturday, June 09, 2007.
Glossary of Rail-Trail Related Acronyms
Adobe Acrobat
Published on Monday, May 16, 2005.
Home Sales Near Two Massachusetts Rail Trails
Home sales were examined in the seven Massachusetts towns through which the Minuteman Bikeway and Nashua River Rail Trail run. Statistics on list and selling prices and on days on the market were analyzed. There is no statistical analysis of the data, so RTCAC cannot verify the accuracy of these conclusions. Craig Della Penna is a rail trail enthusiast who has been employed by a rail road and by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. He is presently employed as a realtor, a speaker on rail trail issues, and the owner of a B&B located immediately adjacent to a rail trail in Massachusetts. In addition, he is involved in two organizations that promote the development of rail trails.
Published on Saturday, August 11, 2007.
Informational Handout
Handout prepared by FST for public meeting on June 15, 2006
Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.
June 15, 2006 Public Information Meeting / Workshop - Summary
On June 15, 2006, about 70 people attended a meeting on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Environmental & Engineering Assessment and participated in a workshop session designed to give the community an opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns on the project. The consultant, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, gave a brief presentation on the scope of services they will provide for the Assessment and presented an overview on rail trail corridors. Following the presentation, attendees broke into four workshop groups and discussed six questions. Fay, Spofford & Thorndike compiled the following summary which is intended to outline the comments made by participants attending the June 15 workshop and is not intended to be a transcript.
Published on Tuesday, August 29, 2006.
Lowell-Sudbury Bicycle Path Feasibility Study [1987]
The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS), the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and the Northern Middlesex Area Commission (NMAC) were commissioned to do a feasibility study to determine whether the railroad right-of-way running from near Route 20 in Sudbury to Route 3 in Lowell could be converted into a bicycle/hiking trail.
Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2007.
Police Chief's Responses to Questions Related to Public Safety on the Rail Trail
On September 12, 2006, the Rail Trail Committee supplied questions to the Sudbury Police Chief, Peter Fadgen regarding Public Safety along the Rail Trails in Sudbury. This document contains the questions and the Police Chief's responses.
Published on Saturday, June 09, 2007.
Proposal to "Bring the Trail to Sudbury"
The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail presented this proposal to the Board of Selectmen on June 29, 2011, and discussed it in a hearing with RTCAC on September 22,2011.
Published on Friday, October 14, 2011.
Proposal to "Bring the Trail to Sudbury" (committee recommendation)
The RTCAC submitted this recommendation to the Sudbury Board of Selectmen on October 24, 2011. The Board accepted it on November 1.
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
Proposal to "Bring the Trail to Sudbury" (cover letter)
The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail presented the proposal to "Bring the Trail to Sudbury" June 29, 2011, to the Sudbury Board of Selectmen.
Published on Friday, October 14, 2011.
Proposal to "Bring the Trail to Sudbury" (slides)
The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail presented this proposal to the RTCAC on September 22, 2011
Published on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Proposed Concord-Sudbury Bikeway [2003]
Document summarizes data-gathering and analysis activities performed in support of the proposed Concord-Sudbury Bikeway project, a proposed re-use of an EOTC-owned railroad right-of-way. The section currently being examined extends from Route 2 west of the Concord Rotary in Concord, to Route 20 in Sudbury, a distance of approximately 8 miles.
Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2007.
Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee Notebook Descriptions
To have the RTCAC work on researching and assembling all the other pieces of information the Board of Selectmen and Town Hall will need for design decisions. RTCAC will develop a notebook with a table of contents that outlines topics areas that require additional data collection.
Published on Monday, February 11, 2008.
Rail Trail Feasibility Study - October 30, 2006
Feasibility Study for a Proposed Extension of the Bruce N. Freeman Memorial Path in Sudbury and Framingham, Cathy Buckley Lewis, Central Transportation Planning Staff, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, October 2006 This study examines the possible conversion of the rail bed from Route 9 in Framingham to the crossing of the Mass. Central rail bed just north of Route 20 in Sudbury. The study looks at the history, geography, road crossings, accident statistics, projected usage, community impacts and estimated costs
Published on Thursday, November 16, 2006.

Rail Trail - Bruce Freeman Trail Notebook

Action Recommendations
Recommendations for further action by the Town of Sudbury by the Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee
Published on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
Agricultural Concerns
Interviews with Sudbury Farmers whose properties abut the trail Right of Way. Madeleine Gelsinon, interviewer.
Published on Sunday, September 07, 2008.
Assabet River Rail Trail
Telephone interview with Michelle Ciccolo, Assistant Town Manager, Hudson on 7/16/07. (Bridget Hanson Interviewer). Further information on maintenance activities appended.
Published on Sunday, September 07, 2008.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Sudbury
Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee - Timeline (September 23, 2010)
History of Sudbury Rail Trail Proposal
Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
Conservation Questions for Rail Trails
A series of interviews conducted with Conservation Officers of Massachusetts towns along the Assabet River Rail Trail, the Nashua River Rail Trail, and the Wachusett Greenway concerning the permitting and the impact of the trail.
Published on Sunday, September 07, 2008.
Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Published information on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway (Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford)
Published on Saturday, May 24, 2008.
Regional Overview of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
History of the rail trail proposal in other communities along the Bruce Freeman corridor.
Submitted July 24, 2008
Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2008.
Wachusett Greenways
Information compiled by Carole Wolfe in the summer of 2008 from presentations by Colleen Abrams, president of Wachusett Greenways, a non-paved rail trail.
Published on Friday, September 26, 2008.

Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee

2005 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2006 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2007 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2008 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2009 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2010 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2011 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
2012 RTCAC Annual Report
Published on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Reports

4 Season Wildlife Study
Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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