The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will be a 25-mile rail trail between Lowell and Framingham, along the former Lowell Secondary Track right-of-way of the Old Colony Railroad (Full BFRT Corridor Map and Status). In Sudbury, the rail corridor extends though the center of Town, approximately 4.4 miles from South Sudbury near Route 20, north to the Sudbury/Concord Town line (Sudbury BFRT Project in Design Map). The Town is in the process of designing the trail, which will be constructed with State and Federal support.
The project is on the 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) committing construction funding during Federal Fiscal Year 2022.
The 25% Design has been approved by MassDOT. Approved plans are found in the links below. MassDOT held a virtual Design Public Hearing and accepted comments for the Public Hearing proceedings from July 16-30 , 2020. More information on the Public Hearing is found below.
To learn more about the project, please click the blue underlined hyperlinks below.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Task Force
Please see the BFRT Design Task Force webpage for information on the Task Force.
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Town Reaches Agreement with CSX on Acquisition of CSX Corridor
August 26, 2020: Town of Sudbury has reached an agreement and signed a purchase and sale agreement with CSX regarding the acquisition of the CSX-owned 1.4-mile corridor for future potential expansion of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Click for more information.
MassTrails Grant Award for Sudbury Acquisition of CSX Corridor
August 1, 2020: Town of Sudbury has been awarded a $300,000 MassTrails Grant toward the acquisition of the CSX-owned 1.4-mile corridor for future potential expansion of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Learn more at https://sudbury.ma.us/pcd/?p=2571.
MassDOT Design Public Hearing: July 16 – 30, 2020
MassDOT’s virtual Design Public Hearing for the BFRT in Sudbury was presented as a webinar which was posted online on July 16th. Public comments to be captured as part of the Design Public Hearing proceedings were directed to MassDOT by July 30th. The video will be available and additional comments may be submitted on an ongoing basis following compilation of the Public Hearing proceedings.
The hearing is presented at https://www.mass.gov/massdot-highway-design-public-hearings and on Sudbury TV.
Design Public Hearing Slides for Reference:
Slides 1-9, Project Introduction, History, Scope
Slides 10-25, Design Elements, Roadway Crossings
Slides 26-37, Historic Elements, Traffic, Structural Design Introduction
Slides 38-52, Structural Design Hop Brook and Boardwalk
Slides 53-71, Structural Design Pantry Brook, Environmental Context, Next Steps, How to Comment
Click below to learn more about the hearing:
BFRT MassDOT Approved 25% Design Plans
MassDOT Comments on 25% Design with Sketch Plans
(Sketch Plan Comments require file transfer due to file sizes)
25% Revised Sketch Plan Submission to MassDOT April 2020
Approved Hydraulic Report, Pantry Brook
BFRT Project Update February 2020
BFRT Project Update December 9, 2019
25% Sketch Plan Submission to MassDOT November 27, 2019
Soil Samples/Borings along the Corridor in Summer 2019
BFRT Project Update July 9, 2019
25% Structural Design (Bridge Sketch Plans) Development
Schedule March 2019
MassDOT Comments Received on 25% Submission (Without Sketch Plans)
Bridge Section Comments Pantry Brook
25% Design Plans (Without Sketch Plans)
Town Letters to MassDOT: September 8, 2017 and September 15, 2017
25% Design Plan Set
25% Design Submission Booklet (Highway, Environmental, and Traffic Checklists, Construction Cost Estimate, and Parking Memo)
Functional Design Report
Hop Brook Preliminary Structures Report
Pantry Brook Bridge Type Study Report
25% Design Right of Way (ROW) Plans
25% Design Utility Plans
Preliminary Design Plans
Preliminary Design Memo from VHB
Preliminary Design Plans Overview Presentation Identifying Some Challenge Areas
Preliminary Design Plans
Preliminary Cross Sections
Preliminary Roadway Crossing Plans Feb 2017
October Update Memo – BOS Meeting; November 1, 2016
August Update Memo – VHB; August 31, 2016
Town Counsel Opinion on Superseding Order of Conditions; August 7, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 5, 2015
MassDOT Letter; May 1, 2014
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; March 9, 2017 Meeting Flier Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; November 29, 2016
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Design Charrette; August 25, 2016 Notes
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Meeting; June 21, 2016 Presentation
Rails to Trails Public Forum; January 22, 2015 Rails to Trails Forum Minutes
Request for Funding to Acquire the Northern Portion of the CSX Corridor – 2018 Application for the Recreational Trails Program Grant
Town Meeting CPC Appropriation Vote; May 7, 2014
Board of Selectmen BFRT Gift Acceptance Vote; April 8, 2014 (begins on page 5)
Rail Trail Resources