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The Trail So Far

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is a work in progress. The proposed trail from Lowell to Framingham is divided into three phases. Each phase is being developed by the communities through which is passes and with funds directed to each phase.

PHASE 1 begins in Chelmsford at the Lowell/Chelmsford line, near Cross Point, passes through Chelmsford Center, and ends at Rt. 225 in Westford. This part of the trail covers a stretch of 6.8 miles. Phase 1 is now open, more information is available here.
Download a Phase 1 trail brochure (PDF)

PHASE 2 continues through Westford and goes through the communities of Carlisle, Acton, Concord and a portion of Sudbury, covering a stretch of 13.1 miles. Several town meetings have discussed this part of the trail, completed, set-aside and/or voted money for feasibility engineering studies and preliminary design ("25% design" in MassHighway parlance). From north to south they are:

  • Westford, $20,000 for preliminary design
  • Carlisle, $20,000 for preliminary design
  • Acton, $25,000 for a feasibility study (completed), and $452,000 for preliminary design
  • Concord, ~$25,000 for a feasibility study (completed with funds raised by the Friends), $160,000 for preliminary design, and $175,000 in additional design funding.
  • Sudbury, $25,000 for a feasibility study (completed), and
    $145,000 for studies related to the preliminary design

For additional information on the Acton, Carlisle, and Westford section of Phase 2, view this update.

For additional information on the Concord section of Phase 2, view this update.

View a Photo tour of the trail in Concord.

PHASE 3 completes the trail going through Sudbury and Framingham for a total of 4.6 miles. The State's Central Transportation Planning Staff recently completed a study of this section of the trail corridor. The study concluded that the trail is definitely feasible. Efforts are underway to acquire the right-of-way from the railroad company CSX.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Framingham Brochure
Information about the trail in Framingham
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Concord River Greenway, Connector Trail extends the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail north from the end of Phase 1 into Lowell. The feasibility of this trail is being investigated by the City of Lowell, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, and Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. View information on the Concord River Greenway Project