Wayside Rail Trail

Weston's Involvement

With news of Eversource’s Access Road Project, the Board of Selectmen appointed the Rail Trail Advisory Committee to determine how best to accommodate the Wayside Rail Trail in Weston, as well as to ensure the protection of Weston's historic and conservation assets. Please note, the committee is not overseeing or partnering with Eversource and Mass. DCR. The committee's charge is explained on its committee web page and its work is separate from the Eversource and DCR project.  Information on the access road project can be found on the "Construction" page.

Committee Progress

A request for design funds is coming before Special Town Meeting on November 28th. These funds will retain the planning firm Utile to help with parking, access, and signage, as well as to assist with public outreach through public forums. Additional information on Special Town Meeting can be found at weston.org/TownMeeting.

Residents who are interested in how Weston will accommodate the Wayside Rail Trail, are encouraged to follow the Rail Trail Advisory Committee. 

Public Meetings

A public, charette-style hearing was held on September 19th where the committee's planning consultant, Utile, gathered resident input and feedback with regard to signage, access, parking, and screening. Residents sat at one of four break-out stations, one per potential access to the trail. Utile's presentation is available online and the vision boards are available on the project blog.

In the News

A few articles have appeared in the Weston/Wayland Town Crier about the Rail Trail:

Weston's New Rail Trail & Park (PDF) - Sept. 14, 2017

Rail Trail is Coming to Weston - Sept. 8, 2017

Input Wanted on New Weston Rail Trail - August 28, 2017

Eversource to Begin Rail Trail Work in Weston and Wayland - August 1, 2017

Other Resources

Rail Trails: Safety Concerns and Property Values (PDF)

2017 Mass Trails Conference Presentation: NIMBY Anecdotes (PDF)