The Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT) is a multi user trail slated to be 12.5 miles long connecting the communities of Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton. The making of this trail has involved hundreds of individuals, and numerous local and state agencies. Funding for much of the project has been provided by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization with construction overseen by the Massachusetts Highway Department. Planning, which began more than 17 years ago was spearheaded by local volunteers, now organized as the Assabet River Rail Trail, Inc. Design was developed by EarthTech, Inc. of Concord. Construction on the first 5.8 mile segment of trail, through Marlborough and Hudson, began in the Fall of 2003 & was completed in 2005. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony to open phase 1 of the Assabet River Rail Trail was held on September 24, 2005. Guest speakers included Congressman Meehan, Congressman McGovern, Secretary Cogliano, Commissioner Paiewonsky, Senator Resor, Representative Walrath, Representative LeDuc and many others.
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