Friday, July 13, 2012

MBTA Approves Leases For 9.1 Miles of the Bay Colony Rail Trail


The MBTA Board of Directors this week voted to authorize 99-year leases with Newton and the towns of Medfield, Dover, and Needham for portions of an abandoned railroad right-of-way for use as a rail trail, according to spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

The combined leases represent approximately 9.1miles of a new trail development, known as the Bay Colony Rail Trail.

The communities will be responsible for all maintenance and liability.

While the lease is at no cost to the municipality, the MBTA reserves the right to enter into licenses or leases with utility and telecommunication companies to generate non-fare revenue.

The lease contains a reversion clause which allows the MBTA to take back the property at no cost, should it be needed for another transportation purpose.

This trail would also provide a safe and convenient link to the MBTA’s Needham Junction commuter rail station, backers say.

Officials in Dover, Medfield, Needham, and Newton all sent letters requesting to lease unused railroad right of way from the MBTA. It is one of several potential bike trails and paths that local bicycling advocates are pushing.

“To date, the MBTA has entered into leases with thirty other municipalities, which has resulted in over 100 miles of new or planned trails," MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis said in a statement.

"These lease agreements promote the Commonwealth’s GreenDOT policy of fostering healthy transportation choices, provide links to transit, and connect residential areas with schools and employments centers.”

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