Heritage Rail Trail East

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Project Background

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 2021.

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Heritage Rail Trail East Map (pdf, 267 K)

Project Meetings 


Please check back for the date and time of the next meeting.


Local Concerns Meeting: October 9, 2019
Local Concerns Meeting Presentation (pdf, 5.3 MB)
Local Concerns Meeting Minutes (pdf, 5.5 MB)
Local Concerns Meeting Video Recording (YouTube)
Miss the meeting? You can provide your input by sending an email to: HRTEast@nashuanh.gov

Project Kick-off Meeting: September 17, 2019
Kickoff Meeting Minutes (pdf, 5.3 MB)

Preliminary Project Schedule

  • Local Concerns Meeting: October 2019
  • Proposed Action Meeting: November 2019
  • Engineering Study Complete: December 2019
  • Preliminary Design Complete: March 2020
  • Final Design Complete: July 2020
  • Project Advertisement: August 2020
  • Construction: Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Project Funding

Federal Funding* (80%):
Local Match (20%):
Total Funding:

*Funding Source: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program