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Bay Colony Rail Trail Recap of March 4th Needham Public Forum

Hosted: March 4, 2013

Where: Needham Town Hall

Attendance:  Approximately 50 residents, and other interested parties attended

Needham Update and Upcoming Meetings, February 2013

Conceptual Planning and Design Study

We have kicked off the CPC-funded study, with the engineering firm Fay, Spofford and Thorndike (FST). We're very excited about the effort - these folks are pros, and have done many projects like this for other local communities, from which we can learn useful lessons.

Upcoming Meetings

Regular BCRT Needham meetings will be on the following dates, all in the same room at the PSAB on Dedham Ave. Though focused on the Needham of the trail, all are welcome to attend.

BCRT Needham: November Meeting Notes

Last night, November 28, there was a meeting of the Needham volunteer group working on the Bay Colony Rail Trail. Approximately 30 people attended the meeting, which covered the following topics:

1. Background on the project for first time attendees.

2. Update on current status, with a discussion on Town Meeting approval of funding the Conceptual Planning and Design Study. More on this subject is available here: Needham Approves Funding for Rail Trail Study.

3. Overview of the current project timeline, with the pivotal focus on the May 2013 Town Meeting, when we expect to have two articles under consideration:

Needham Approves Funding for Rail Trail Study

On Tuesday night in Needham, Town Meeting members approved the request for $35K in funding for a Conceptual Planning and Design Study. In this study, we'll engage an engineering firm with experience in rail trail issues to provide insight into things on the southern Needham corridor such as parking, trail access and the state of the bridge over the Charles between Needham and Dover.

This information will be invaluable when, hopefully next May, we go before Needham town meeting again to request the town lease the right of way from the MBTA, and take the next steps in implementing the rail trail.

BCRT Backgrounder for Town Meeting Members, October 2012

Attached is the letter that was sent to Needham town meeting members, in advance of the special town meeting on October 29, 2012. The purpose of the document is to provide more context and background for Article 11, the Community Preservation Committee appropriation for an engineering feasibility study, in the amount of $35,000.

Needham Continues its Progress with BCRT

The town of Needham continues to move forward with its consideration of the BCRT effort. The next step in the process will take place at the town meeting on Monday, October 29th, when there will be a vote on an engineering feasibility study, which would be funded by Needham’s Community Preservation Committee.

Note: Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Special Town meeting has been postponed until November 13th. Still time to contact your Needham town meeting members!

The Board of Selectmen tonight voted unanimously in favor of funding the study. The feasibility study would be focused only on this Needham Junction to Charles River section of abandoned railway, and the project managed by BCRTA with oversight from town officials.

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