Rail Trail Resources

This is a running list of resources that relate to the prospective project to convert the Needham-Medfield line to a recreational trail.

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Federal and State Resources

  • DCR Recreational Trails Grants Program : The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) accepts applications for Recreational Trails Grants on an annual basis, with the deadline typically around October 1
  • Link to funding sources on MAPC site
  • (also attached)
  • State bicycle plan
  • The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process (often called the 3C—continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive—process) for the Boston metropolitan area.
  • Central Transportation Planning Staff - The purpose of creating CTPS was to develop a permanent resource of expertise in comprehensive, multimodal transportation planning and analysis, to promote interagency cooperation, to ensure consistency among planning efforts, to reduce redundancy, and to fill gaps in the capabilities of MPO members. This is the group that conducted the Needham-Millis feasibility study, as well as a feasibility study of the Bruce Freeman rail trail.

Other Local Trails

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail