Bellingham bike ride promotes rail trail-September, 2017
By Mike Gleason, Daily News Staff

BELLINGHAM – For Dave Barber, a trip on Franklin and Bellingham section of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail isn’t just a chance to exercise your legs, it’s an opportunity to glimpse into the past. Barber, a member of the Blackstone River Bikeway Patrol, said he suggested the venue for a ride last Wednesday which was promoted through the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.

During the ride, Barber, a member of the Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, pointed out sights along the trail that others might miss. “There’s an area where Railroad Street used to cross the right of way,” he said.  “The South Bellingham railroad station used to be there, and there was a trolley
line as well.”

That area leads him to reflect on how much has changed in the past 100 years. “Today, the road is abandoned, the trolley is gone and the station is gone,” he said. “There’s now woods where what was a very busy area.”

“The patrol does a ride every Wednesday night on parts of the greenway between Worcester and Providence,” he said. State-funded work completed in June made larger portions of the trail accessible. “I thought it would be useful to have a ride there.”

Though the recent project did improve the trail, Barber said, there is still work to do. The trail committee has been working for a tunnel to run beneath Franklin’s Prospect Street. Money for the project had been included in a state bill, but Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet released the funds, he said.

“The problem is that you have to climb up (a hill) steeply, cross the road and go down steeply,” he said of the Prospect Street portion of the trail. Should the tunnel go forward it would greatly increase the bikeable section of the local trail.

Barber said he wasn’t sure whether Labor Day weekend would bolster trail use, as it is already well traveled.

“People are using it every daylight hour of every day,” he said.


Holliston Says, “Onward to Sherborn”

From the Holliston Reporter:

Rail Trail Committee Says Onward to Sherborn

by Bobby Blair
October 14, 2016

The rail trail is now complete from Central Street downtown to the Milford line albeit a small 500 foot length near the dwellings being constructed by Pulte Homes. This short section will be completed within ten days, according to trail member Herb Brockert.

While the paving is complete for this section of trail a number of projects are complete or ongoing with the younger set in town. Eamonn Powers for his National Honor Society Project is undertaking Brown Trout improvements as well as invasives removal. Five Eagle Scout Projects are under way. Ben Cappello is conducting a rail cleanup, James Hathaway – Arch Street Connection, Jamie Ogilvie- Story Walk Trail, Owen Savage – Railing at Chicken Brook, and Harrison Smith – a project to be determined.

Ed Daniels from the Friends of Holliston Trails joined the meeting to discuss his plans to install flashing beacons at Central Street and Lowland Street.

The Trail committee is looking for volunteers to help complete the decking at the Arch Street Bridge this Saturday at 8:30 am.

Welcome to the Upper Charles Trail – Portal

Welcome to the Upper Charles Trail – Portal.  The Upper Charles Trail is a proposed 25-mile trail that will incorporate the communities of Milford, Ashland, Sherborn, Holliston, and Hopkinton, linking the towns via an abandoned CSX rail bed.
Milford was the first to open a complete 6.58 mile section and it extends from the town center north to the Hopkinton town line, east to the border of Holliston and south to the Milford Senior Center.