Heritage Rail Trail East
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The Heritage Rail Trail project was started in the 1990s to reduce congestion along East and West Hollis Streets by providing an alternative bicycle and pedestrian transportation route through the heart of the City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. In 1993, a federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant was awarded to acquire land and construct the Heritage Rail Trail West, which extends from City Hall to Simon Street. Construction on that section was completed in 1999.
Federal Transportation Enhancement grants were again awarded in 2005 and 2009 for the purchase of the rail trail parcels east of Main Street and in 2017, the City was awarded a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to design and construct the Heritage Rail Trail East. This new section of rail trail will pick up where the Heritage Rail Trail West ends and extend along East Hollis Street from Main Street to Denton Street, near the future rail station at 25 Crown Street. It is anticipated that construction on this section will be completed in 2022.
Heritage Rail Trail East Map (pdf, 267 K)
Project Meetings and Documents
Final Engineering Study - May 2021 (pdf, 17 MB)
Project Kick-off Meeting: September 17, 2019
Kickoff Meeting Minutes (pdf, 5.3 MB)
Preliminary Project Schedule
- Local Concerns Meeting: October 9, 2019
- Proposed Action Meeting: September 22, 2020
- Engineering Study Complete: May 2021
- Preliminary Design Complete: August 2021
- Final Design Complete: October 2021
- Project Advertisement: January 2022
- Construction: Spring/Summer 2022
Federal Funding* (80%):
Local Match (20%):
Funding Source: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program