How much will it cost to buy and to build?
The Town has signed an agreement to acquire the CSX right of way for $6.35 million based on the CSX valuation methodology used for their abandoned corridors. The intention is to fund the acquisition with a combination of mitigation funds, a state grant and private fundraising through a non-profit called Friends of Natick Trails, who have signed an agreement with the Town to raise money for the project.

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.

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1. What is a rail trail?
2. Where is the Cochituate rail trail?
3. Will the trail connect to the Natick Center MBTA Station?
4. When will it be built?
5. Why should Natick have a rail trail?
6. What kind of activities will be allowed on the trail?
7. What is the ROW being used for now?
8. Can I use the right-of-way now?
9. What is the status of the design?
10. Who would use or benefit from a rail trail?
11. What other rail trails are nearby?
12. How much will it cost to buy and to build?
13. Can we get the land for less money?
14. Can we take CSX land for the CRT by eminent domain?
15. How much will it cost to maintain?
16. Will the town lose property tax revenue from using the CSX right-of-way as a rail trail?
17. Have other towns been through this process?
18. What kind of environmental impact will there be from the rail trail?
19. What about parking?
20. What about the privacy of those living near the trail?
21. What is the impact of rail trails on property values?
22. Do rail trails attract crime and vandalism to neighborhoods?
23. Who decides if there will be a rail trail?
24. What is the Natick CRT Advisory Committee?
25. Will there be public transit on the CRT?
26. Will dirt bikes and ATVs be allowed on the trail?
27. How can I find out more?
28. Do you have questions not answered here?