Sunday, June 23, 2013

"our trail networks connect to public transportation"

The Milford Daily News writes about the rail trails in the area.
Nearly $10 million of that, for instance, could go to finishing work on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail, which stretches 22 miles from the Franklin State Forest to the Douglas State Forest, traveling east to west through Bellingham, Uxbridge, Blackstone and Millville. 
The state-owned trail has several undeveloped segments, and the DCR has been helping grassroots nonprofit groups like the Friends of the SNETT chip away at these unfinished sections in hopes of connecting the trail to the Blackstone River Greenway, which picks up in Worcester and runs 48 miles to Providence, R.I. 
In Massachusetts, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, there are 55 completed trails, spanning nearly 400 miles, and 62 trails under development. A handful of these pass through or near MetroWest and Milford area communities.

Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1002429162/Local-bike-trails-have-much-to-offer#ixzz2X2KokbVe

BVRP - winding trail
summer day on the Blackstone River Bikeway

Good Links:

The full report "The Way Forward" can be found at the MassDOT website
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/infoCenter/docs_materials/TheWayForward_Jan13.pdf

The Grand Trunk Trailblazers webpage can be found here
http://www.grandtrunktrailblazers.org/

The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail webpage can be found here
http://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

The Assabet Trail webpage has a good collection of other rail trails in MA
http://www.arrtinc.org/google_map5.asp