Central Mass ROW Joint Trail/Busway study

Proposed dimensions for shared trail/busway

MAGIC, one of MAPC’s sub-regions, requested and funded this initial feasibility study of the Central Massachusetts Railroad right-of-way (ROW), to accommodate both a shared use path (bicycle/pedestrian) and a dedicated busway. Download the Central Mass ROW Joint Trail/Busway report below.

The study focuses on the section of the Central Massachusetts Railroad ROW between Interstate 495 and Route 128, through the communities of Berlin, Bolton, Hudson, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston. It was written under the assumption that bus service would continue into Boston via Route 128 South to Interstate 90, terminating at South Station in Boston.

Map of Central Mass ROW

MAPC prepared this study in close coordination with the communities along the ROW to gauge their support for the concept. MAPC also engaged the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to examine the physical right-of-way, environmental issues, and potential trail usage and bus ridership.

Read more about the history of the project.