On Tuesday, February 9, at 7:00 pm in the Hearing Room at the Concord Town House, the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee (BFRTAC) will hold a public information meeting to present the various alternatives that have been further analyzed for the location of the rail trail through West Concord.
During the discussions leading up to the April 2008 Town Meeting that approved the 25% design of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, members of the BFRTAC heard many suggestions regarding the design of the rail trail. After further discussing the concerns with the route of the rail trail through West Concord and the varying ideas expressed, the BFRTAC recommended that a consultant should be hired to exhaustively look at several alternatives for this important segment of trail in West Concord, especially where the trail crosses over the active MBTA commuter rail line.
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) was retained by the Town of Concord in 2009 to develop and evaluate seven of these alternatives for the BFRT to cross the active MBTA rail line. GPI met with the MBTA, MassHighway, and other state agencies. GPI incorporated information and feedback from the BFRTAC. The BFRTAC has also maintained communication with the West Concord Task Force. GPI then evaluated each alternative based on criteria including, but not limited to: context-sensitive aesthetics, safety, cost, traffic, benefits to and impacts to the community and local businesses.
GPI has produced an Alternatives Analysis report that is available via a link on the BFRTAC page of the Town of Concord website (click here to link to the report). The BFRTAC has reviewed the report and narrowed the list of design alternatives down to the three options based on the evaluation criteria. The BFRTAC would like to receive public input on the three options at the public information meeting. Please come to the meeting to learn about the several alternatives that were investigated, the evaluation criteria used by GPI and the BFRTAC, and the three options that are still being considered. The meeting will be held at the Town House Hearing Room on February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be filmed and rebroadcast on CCTV. The meeting will provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the BFRTAC for this important segment of the trail.