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If the CRT is built and provides an alternative means of transportation, this will benefit all users of public ways. The CRT would also provide emergency access for public safety purposes.
Upper Charles TraillAssabet River Rail TrailMinuteman BikewayBruce Freeman Rail Trail
The construction cost of approximately $7 million will be paid for by the federal and state government through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The CRT is programmed for Federal Fiscal Year 2018.
The design and related costs of approximately $800,000 have been funded by mitigation and smart growth incentive payments. CRT Task Force is evaluating project costs as part of its assignment by the Natick Board of Selectmen. The costs may include acquisition, design, construction and maintenance.
In a 2002 survey of recent home buyers sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders, trails ranked as the 2nd most important community amenity out of a list of 18 choices. For more information, see the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse in Washington, DC.