MARLBOROUGH PATCH—The trail that follows the route of the Boston and Worcester Air Line Trolley (BWALT) is being proposed as a multi-use trail that will wind from Framingham to Worcester, with side trails to Marlborough and Berlin. Along the way, it’ll thread through towns such as Westborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Southborough, among others.
The trail uses the Wachusett Aqueduct and the former second track of the rail line from Framingham to Clinton for parts of its route. BWALT then would connect a number of other multi-use trails in the area together.
The Town of Westborough Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the other towns, is hosting a series of walks and talks this year to introduce people to the proposal for the trail.
There’s a walk – which is a look at the trolley line as a multi-use trial in Westborough – on Sunday, May 6. To take the shuttle, meet at the Park Street Dental lot in Westborough at 1:30 p.m. The walk takes place from 2-4 p.m. on the right of way that Westborough is working on. Discuss the progress and the problems of building an old right of way that was broken up and sold off more than 85 years ago.
Organizers highlight the initial construction of the trail and also plans for connecting the MBTA station to the various office parks in Westborough.
Another walk takes a look at the Wachusett Aqueduct as a multi-use trail in Northborough on Sunday, June 10. Take the car shuttle from Casey Field parking lot off East Main Street at 1:30 p.m. The walk is from 2-4 p.m. This will be a walk on the right of way of the Wachusett Aqueduct which the Town of Northborough has made a walking trail and is working to make it a multi-use trail. Discuss the problems of building on the aqueduct, and the possibilities for linking much of Northborough together.
There are plans in the works to organize a Shrewsbury walk in August, and another in Westborough in September.
And the talks:
- Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. in Westborough at the Westborough Town Hall – Memorial Hall
- Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. in Northborough at the Northborough Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room
- Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. in Shrewsbury at the Shrewsbury Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room
- Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. in Southborough at the Southborough Library
Each talk looks at the history of the trolley, the aqueduct and the railroad that form the infrastructure of the
proposed multi-use trail. The talk discusses approaches to building the trail and the challenges and benefits of having the trail.
This article by Charlene Arsenault originally appeared here.