Mass Central Rail Trail


In 2011, The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) executed a lease with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for 23 miles of former railroad corridor from Berlin to Waltham for the purpose of designing and developing a multi-use rail trail in partnership with the local municipalities. Since 2011, DCR has worked to assess any potential soil contamination issues; delineate the 20-foot wide “path development corridor;” identify other leases, licenses and encroachments on the corridor; and initiate design and permitting of the future rail trail.

DCR envisions a 10-foot wide multi-use path along this entire corridor, and is seeking to work in partnership with the local municipalities to design, develop and manage this path. The corridor passes through Berlin, Hudson, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Waltham and short sections of Bolton and Stowe.

Project Status

Expanded Environmental Notification Form

DCR filed an Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF) with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office on November 15. The EENF describes the existing conditions, proposed project, potential environmental impacts, project benefits, and efforts to avoid, minimize and mitigate any environmental impacts.  This will kick off a 30-day public comment process for this project.  The Form and associated materials a posted on this page.  Please visit for information about submitting comments.