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Last Updated:September 21, 2013
Length: Fitchburg Cutoff; 0.8 miles.
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, paved trail.
To start from Alewife T-Station; From I-95, take exit 29 to Route 2 east to Alewife. Take the exit for Alewife Station Access Rd and park at the T-station's parking garage.
Or take the subways Red-Line to access this station. See; MBTA for more information. For information about taking your bike on the subway. See; MBTA/BIKES .
The Fitchburg Cutoff Path was designated in the early 1990s by the MDC as a connection between Alewife Station and Brighton St in Belmont along an old railroad bed. It's been proposed as a link in the Mass Central Rail Trail, a 104 mile railroad line that once stretched from downtown Boston to Northampton, MA. See; MASS CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL . For more information visit; FITCHBURG CUTOFF .
Alewife T Station, a stop on the commuter rail line into Boston is a hub for five trails. From the northwest, the Minuteman Bikeway terminates here and includes a spur for the Alewife Brook Greenway , just north of here, which connects to the Mystic River and Mystic River Paths . Head south for the Fresh Pond Loop Trail and a future spur from Fresh Pond that will connect to the Charles River Bikeway via the partially completed Watertown Branch Rail Trail .West takes you along the Fitchburg Cutoff, a short trail that is part of the larger Mass Central Rail Trail, still a work in progress. East takes you along the Red Line Linear Path which turns into the Somerville Community Path , both of which are part of the larger Mass Central Rail Trail and will connect to Boston Harborwalk; Charlestown at North Point Park.
From the end of the Minuteman Trail at Alewife T-Station;Turn right and cross Alewife Station Access Rd to the start of the trail. A small community garden is located here. Cross the bridge and follow the open paved trail alongside the Alewife Reservation. To your right is a series of boardwalks that traverse the marshes that drain off the Little River. After 0.5 miles you come alongside the Fitchburg commuter rail tracks and follow them out to Brighton St at 0.8 miles. Here the trail currently ends.
Note: The BELMONT CITIZENS FORUM has acquired a 30 foot wide strip of land adjacent to the Fitchburg commuter rail tracks behind Channing Rd. They propose to dedicate this for use as a public right-of-way for a shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path that will ultimately connect the Alewife MBTA station with Belmont Center. When completed, this will continue the Mass Central Rail Trail westward. Wayland is also attempting to convert their section of the Mass Central Rail Trail. See; WAYLAND RAIL TRAIL .
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