Heritage Rail Trail East

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Project Background

The Heritage Rail Trail project was started in the 1990s to reduce congestion along East and West Hollis Streets by providing an alternative bicycle and pedestrian transportation route through the heart of the City’s most densely populated neighborhoods. In 1993, a federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant was awarded to acquire land and construct the Heritage Rail Trail West, which extends from City Hall to Simon Street. Construction on that section was completed in 1999. 

Federal Transportation Enhancement grants were again awarded in 2005 and 2009 for the purchase of the rail trail parcels east of Main Street and in 2017, the City was awarded a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to design and construct the Heritage Rail Trail East. This new section of rail trail will pick up where the Heritage Rail Trail West ends and extend along East Hollis Street from Main Street to Denton Street, near the future rail station at 25 Crown Street. It is anticipated that construction on this section will be completed in 2021.

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Heritage Rail Trail East Map (pdf, 267 K)

Project Meetings 


Virtual Proposed Action Meeting: September 22, 2020
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82510471141?pwd=ZmYrSEJjZm4xUlRiWE9GUlFGbmJyZz09
Meeting ID: 825 1047 1141
Passcode: 822292
To join by phone: 1 (929) 436-2866 – Meeting ID: 825 1047 1141, Passcode: 822292
Meeting Flyer (pdf, 732 KB)


Local Concerns Meeting: October 9, 2019
Local Concerns Meeting Presentation (pdf, 5.3 MB)
Local Concerns Meeting Minutes (pdf, 5.5 MB)
Local Concerns Meeting Video Recording (YouTube)
Miss the meeting? You can provide your input by sending an email to: HRTEast@nashuanh.gov

Project Kick-off Meeting: September 17, 2019
Kickoff Meeting Minutes (pdf, 5.3 MB)

Preliminary Project Schedule

  • Local Concerns Meeting: October 2019
  • Proposed Action Meeting: September 2020
  • Engineering Study Complete: October 2020
  • Preliminary Design Complete: December 2020
  • Final Design Complete: February 2021
  • Project Advertisement: March 2021
  • Construction: Summer/Fall 2021

Project Funding

Federal Funding* (80%):
Local Match (20%):
Total Funding:

*Funding Source: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program