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.

May 1, 2015:  May 1st was Senior Community Service Day at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Nineteen students volunteered to work on the Acton and Maynard parts of the trail. Under the supervision of David Mark, long-time ARRT volunteer, the students, armed with loppers, weed whips, rakes and hand saws, cleared the trail of downed branches and new growth - making it a safer place to run, walk or ride a bike. The students also cleared overgrowth and dead trees at the Marble family homestead historical site, adjacent to the Trail, in north Maynard. The morning ended successfully, with no bleeding, bruises or blisters, and hopefully no tick bites.

April 7, 2015:  The 2015 Annual Acton Town Meeting had it's final ARRT related warrant, to appropriate up to $170,000 for the last required ROW easement. The vote was unanimous.

April 1, 2015:  The required Maynard and Acton Conservation Commissions approval process started with public hearings on March 17th and April 1st, in each town. Each commission received an environmental presentation from the engineering firm and their consultants. UPDATE: both town's conservation boards voted to approve the conservation aspects of the trail.

March 25, 2015:  The MassDOT has scheduled a design public informational hearing for the Acton/Maynard ARRT project on April 30th at the Acton Town Hall. The full notice is here.

The project is now at the 75% design and is scheduled to go out to bid at the end of September 2015! Maynard and Acton started to submit the required conservation filings this month.


October 21, 2014:  The preliminary 75% design for the Acton-Maynard section was sent by the engineering firm to MassDOT. The document is here.

October 11, 2014:  At the request of Acton and Maynard, survey letters were sent to the 180+ ROW abutters. They were asked to document their preferences in trail screening options. The responses so far are documented here.

June 8, 2014:  Comments needed!  It's that time of year again. The MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) is preparing their 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the ARRT project has been recommended in the TIP. Commenting is easy, with an online form on the MPO website.

A link to the form is here. Type "FFYs 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program" into the subject line, select "Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)" in the category menu and then type your comments in the message box. There is room for 3-5 sentences and should mention that you are in support of ARRT Acton-Maynard construction funding in the 2015 TIP.

The comment period runs through July 6th.
 
The next ARRT meeting will June 17, 2015, at the Hudson Town Hall.
Monthly ARRT meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in our activities are invited to attend. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and finish before 9:00. The complete ARRT calendar is here.
  The ARRT can now accept donations and membership dues online. We are using the GuideStar-Network for Good system. More details and the payment link are here.

March 29, 2014:   Francesca Demolition has started to remove the RR rails in Maynard. They started behind Cumberland Farms on Friday and will then move on to High Street. After Maynard is finished in a couple of weeks, they will move on to Acton.

February 1, 2014:   The towns of Acton and Maynard have signed a contract with Francesca Demolition of Duxbury, to remove the 1.2 miles of steel RR rails that are on the ground along the ARRT right of way. Only the rails are being removed in this phase of the project, with the complete trail construction still scheduled to start in 2015. The rails will be removed and recycled. The trail supporters welcome this most tangible milestone in the Acton-Maynard ARRT project!

October 1, 2013:   The Massachusetts 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) went into effect today. In this plan, the Acton-Maynard ARRT is scheduled to start construction in Fiscal 2015 as a 'first-tier' project. The next steps are for the engineering firm to move to the 100% design stage.

July 26, 2013:   Maynard ARRT volunteer and Beacon columnist David Mark has written an interesting article about date nails on the railroad. Don't know what a date nail is? Follow this link and learn all about them.