August 2018: The ARRT Ribbon Cutting for the Acton & Maynard sections is now set! Everyone is invited to join local and state officials Friday August 10th at 2:00 PM at the South Acton trail-head, on Maple Street, just 100 feet from the South Acton MBTA Commuter station.
January 20, 2018: More photos from 2017 added to the new Construction gallery.
September 1, 2017: The City of Marlborough has teamed up with Cambridge-based Zagster, Inc., to offer a bike-share program to city residents, employees and visitors. The two-year pilot started with 30 bikes across five stations.
The Marlborough Zagster stations are located at the Assabet River Rail Trail (Sasseville Way), the Walker Building (downtown), Marlborough Hills Office Park, Embassy Suites Hotel (RT-20) and RK Centers (Home Depot). more details.
August 1, 2017: Ice House Landing, which is a town park on the ARRT in Maynard has dedicated a new boat dock. The rail trail actually has 4 places with access to the Assabet River, and its own map on the ARRT website.
February 8, 2017: The new Maynard ARRT bridge was installed today. The video is here.
October 8, 2016: The foundation for the new bridge in downtown Maynard is almost finished. Next up will be the entire bridge installed as one piece by a crane.
The ARRT can accept donations and membership dues online. We are using the GuideStar-Network for Good system. More details and the payment link are here.
July 24, 2016: The Acton-Maynard construction started 2 weeks ago and the speed of the initial work has been breathtaking. More photos can be found in the new Construction gallery.
July 21, 2016: MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin and 80 guests were at a ground breaking event to recognize the commencement of the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project. This Rail Trail project links the Assabet River National Wildlife refuge with the downtown Maynard business district and the South Acton Commuter Rail Station, providing an alternative transportation option.
May 30, 2016: Exciting news: the Acton-Maynard construction ‘Notice to Proceed’ was issued on May 27th. Winning bidder is D'Allessandro Corp of Avon MA. More details to follow.
March 15, 2016: Eversource is having a public presentation of their proposed Sudbury-Hudson power line, hosted at the Hudson Town Hall. An overview of their plan is here. This is of interest to the ARRT and MCRT communities, because a line down the old Mass Central RR right-of-way would open it up to eventualy become another 7.6 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail and as the alternate route for the ARRT around the Stow stalemate. The meeting date and time is on the ARRT calendar page.
September 19, 2015: MassDOT advertised the Acton-Maynard trail project for construction. The bidding closes on February 23, 2016, with the winning bidder selected in April-May and construction starting in June-July. Once construction starts, it will take 2 years to finish.
The town of Acton has started a blog to track the progress of the construction.
August 3, 2015: The 100% design for the Acton-Maynard section was sent by the engineering firm to MassDOT. The document is here.
May 18, 2015: The 2015 Annual Maynard Town Meeting approved 4 ARRT related items. Included were ROW easements, the rezoning of the old 'Quirk' property for residential use, and a new Acton Street sidewalk for improved trail access.