Rail Trail Assessment Proceeds After Public Meeting

Published June 21, 2006 | Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee | Updated November 7, 2014 | Automatically Archived on 8/30/2006

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The Sudbury Rail Trail Conversion Advisory Committee (RTCAC) hosted an open public meeting with the Town’s rail trail consultant, Fay, Spofford and Thorndike Engineers (FST) on June 15, 2006. About 70 people attended the meeting at Town Hall. The meeting was successful in gathering input from residents both in favor and opposed to the project. Some residents said that the meeting helped answer a lot of their questions and clear up some confusion about where the project was at in the overall process.

The meeting was officiated by Selectman John Drobinski, who answered questions on the process and the next steps. Once the Environmental & Engineering Assessment (Feasibility Study) is completed in December 2006, the Selectmen will review the assessment as well as any reports from the RTCAC, and then decide whether to advance the project to preliminary design or if further study is needed. Any proposal for project funding will go before a Town Meeting vote.

The consultant gave a brief Powerpoint presentation on the scope of services they will provide for the Assessment, and presented an overview on rail trail corridors. A workshop session followed where residents were asked for their individual input on the following questions:

  1. Would your family use a rail trail for transportation? Where would you likely travel to and from?
  2. Would your family use a rail trail for recreation? What type of activity’ walking, biking, inline skating, etc?
  3. What type of rail trail surface material do you feel would be most appropriate along this corridor?
  4. Where do you anticipate your family would park or access the rail trail?
  5. What effect would a rail trail have upon Sudbury?
    (Positive or negative)
  6. Any additional comments to add?

If you missed the meeting, but want to provide input, email your comments to BFRT@town.sudbury.ma.us. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address with all correspondence.

Comments can also be sent in by mail to:

I. William Place
Director of Public Works/Town Engineer
BFRT Comments
275 Old Lancaster Road
Sudbury, MA 01776.

Comments will be received until July 21, 2006.

To see the powerpoint presentation CLICK HERE.

Additional information handed out at the meeting can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

A printed map of the corridor can be viewed at the Planning Office, 278 Old Sudbury Road.

Residents will have an opportunity to attend two upcoming public information meetings on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail project. In September 2006, the RTCAC will hold a meeting to update the Town on their activities and progress to date. The consultant will present the results of the Assessment report at a public information meeting in November 2006.

The RTCAC meets on a monthly basis. Residents are encouraged to review the past meeting minutes and information available on the Committee’s website.
To visit the RTCAC website CLICK HERE.