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

Design funds were approved by 2017 Special Town Meeting. These funds were used to help with parking and access designs, as well as preliminary landscape screening design. Another request for funds is anticipated to come to 2018 Annual Town Meeting. 

Residents who are interested in how Weston will accommodate the Wayside Rail Trail, are encouraged to follow the Rail Trail Advisory Committee, either by attending meetings or reading its project blog

Public Meetings

All meetings of the committee are open to the public and interested residents are encouraged to attend. The committee is hosting an information sharing meeting on April 12, 2018 in the Weston Public Library at 7:00 p.m. to update the community on the committee's progress to date.

Last year, a public, charette-style hearing was held on September 19, 2017 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)