Quequechan River Rail Trail HIA

Download the QRRT Phase 2 Health Impact Assessment


The City of Fall River is working to convert a former rail line adjacent to the Quequechan River into a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Quequechan River Rail Trail (QRRT) project began in 2008 with the construction of Phase 1, a 1-mile path extending from Westport line along the South Watuppa Pond to Brayton Avenue.

Phase 2 is a proposed 1.6 mile trail through public and private property that will connect Phase 1 to the downtown area. The 25% Design Plan—which includes a MEPA determination and an identification of necessary permits, right-of-way and costs - will be completed during the summer of 2012 and the final design will be completed by March 2013. 

MAPC's role

In partnership with the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD) and Fall River Mass in Motion, MAPC  conducted an HIA that examines the proposed Phase 2 of the QRRT project.

The HIA will examine the proposed Phase 2 project and identify opportunities for maximizing health benefits as the QRRT is developed.