Trail Time?

Old railroad set to become part of the rail trail



by Chris Wangler

December 23, 2021

Is the long-overdue rail trail finally nearing construction? The City of Waltham is asking for bids for Waltham’s Wayside Trail Project. A pre-bid meeting will be held on January 5.

Wayside sign picture

Contractors can submit bids to build out the 4.2 mile Waltham section from Weston to the Belmont border.

The city’s bid documents specify a completion timeline “on or before June 30, 2023.”

One small section of the trail near 1265 Main has already been completed. The remaining parts have already been designed, in part with community input.

The Waltham section of the Wayside Trail is part of the 104-mile Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT), which will run from Northampton all the way to Boston. 

Map of the Rail Trail

The Wayside Trail in Waltham will be part of a much longer trail, the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT).