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Public Meetings Scheduled For I-93 Transit Study

from NHDOT (Sept 16, 2008)


The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation (MA EOT) will hold two public meetings to review the findings and recommendations of the I-93 Transit Investment Study. The purpose of these meetings is to present the Draft Strategic Implementation Plan and address questions and comments on the recommendations from the general public.

The two-year study has identified transit service opportunities within the I-93 Corridor between Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire. The study team has analyzed a wide range of alternatives, including commuter rail and bus options. In addition, the study has reviewed local land use policies that impact on growth in the region and the potential for transit-friendly land use.

The public meetings will be held on the following dates:
• Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Manchester City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH, and
• Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Searles Building (Methuen City Hall), 41 Pleasant Street, Methuen, MA.

The meetings will have the same content and format. Each will begin at 6:00 PM with an informal interactive open house session. A brief presentation will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a question and answer period. NHDOT, Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation, and members of the study team will be available to discuss the Draft Strategic Plan and answer questions at the meetings.

For further information on the I-93 Transit Investment Study, visit the web site at or contact Kit Morgan, NHDOT Rail & Transit Administrator at (603) 271-2468.

(download press release)


Linking Together 2008

linkingtogether2008, originally uploaded by jgodsey.

I attended the meeting for the nascent Mass Rail Trails coalition or whatever it ends up being called, probably something emphasizing community recreational paths. About 75 people showed up representing about 30 plus trails, not bad considering rail trails are thick on the ground in Massachusetts; there are about 100 rail trail projects underway around the state.

The need and desire for an umbrella organization was pretty universal. It is necessary to combat the haphazard way that state and federal funding and policy making are handled.

One of the bonus features of a group of groups is communication, a couple of the volunteers from the Friends of the Bruce Freedman Trail and the Mass central Rail Trail org have created this happy little utility “Mass Rail Trail Database” ; which indexes trails, towns, contact information for organizations and elected officials.

Even as small as our project is, we were represented and will be included in future organization developments.


Walk the trail Monday 9/15

UP5484, originally uploaded by jgodsey.

Several people will be meeting at the end of Pine St to walk the better section of the trail. This will take less than an hour to walk from that point through the Wildlife sanctuary and out under 213 to Hampshire St and back.

This is why we are doing this project folks, so we can have a nice convenient greenspace to walk or bike. If this time isn’t convenient for anyone else, then just holler and we can get together again on another date.

I am anxious to see what the trail will look like in all seasons. Since our section of rail bed is most like a country lane, it should be pretty spectacular when the leaves change.

It probably won’t be warm enough to mandate water, but i always bring some anyway. I advise thick soled shoes, the really messy parts of the trail are from the depot to Pine St, but after that it’s still bumpy and perhaps wet in spots. I would also advise taking a camera – sometimes there are herons out there.


Donate your bicycle

Right now the expenditures for the Methuen Rail Trail project are postage, paper, ink and printing, but we expect these to grow as our organization grows.

Think about donating that old bicycle in the garage or basement. Any adult bike, any age. We will clean it up, try to fix it and sell it to someone else to defray present expenses. Email to arrange a pickup.


Mass Rail Trails Committee meeting

I have been invited to attend a convergence of members from all the rail trail groups in Massachusetts. Linking Together 2008 is being held on September 13th, in Leominster at the Doyle Convention Center, with the goal of sharing resources and forming coalition. For more event information visit the Mass Central Rail Trail site. Aside from the keynote speaker Richard Sullivan, the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation & Recreation, I am told there will be food. I am hoping that someone from our very tiny group will go with me. Please let me know so I can RSVP.

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