This study examines the potential of a trail on the 4.8-mile South Sudbury Industrial Track in Framingham and Sudbury. The southern endpoint would be the active Fitchburg Secondary line in Framingham, just north of Route 9. The northern endpoint would be the inactive Central Massachusetts line (Central Mass.) in Sudbury, just north of Route 20. This study includes a history of rail service on the line, a physical description of the right-of-way, information on the six at-grade crossings, a discussion of environmental issues, and potential benefits and costs.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts owns the line from the Central Mass. in Sudbury to Lowell. Construction of a trail, called the Bruce N. Freeman Memorial Path, is expected to start in 2007 on the northernmost 6.8 miles (from Route 225 in Westford to the Lowell-Chelmsford border). There is also a proposal for a trail on the MBTA-owned Central Mass. right-of-way, which extends west to Berlin and east to Belmont.
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