GRAND JUNCTION TRAIL:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: May 12, 2019
Length: Grand Junction Trail; 0.2 miles. Vassar Street Bike Path/Bike Lanes; 1.1 miles.
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail. Also includes Bike Lanes.
The Grand Junction Trail is proposed to be a multi-use path running alongside the existing tracks in the Grand Junction corridor from the Boston University Bridge to Somerville, where it will connect to the future extension of the Somerville Community Path . Currently only a short section is complete, however, I've included the Bike Path and Bike Lanes along Vassar St as they currently follow the same route. The Grand Junction was one of the first north-south rail links in the Boston metropolitan area. Opened in 1855 by the Grand Junction & Depot Company, the line followed a serpentine alignment weaving through the newly industrialized areas of Cambridgeport, East Cambridge, Charlestown, Everett, and Chelsea, and ending at the piers of East Boston. Presently, two to four trains a day run on the Grand Junction through Cambridge, as this corridor remains the only north-south rail connection east of Framingham and Worcester. For more information visit; GRAND JUNCTION TRAIL .
Starting from Memorial Drive & Vassar Street; Across Memorial Drive is the Charles River Bikeway . A Bike Lane heads northeast along Vassar St through MIT. You then pick up a Separated Bike Path, passing by the sports fields of Briggs Field. AS you approach Mass Ave at 0.8 miles you return briefly to a Bike Lane then back to a Separated Bike Path. At 1 mile look right to spot the whimsical Stata Center designed by Architect Frank Gehry. You return to a Bike Lane as you come to Main St. Cross Main St and turn left to pick up the paved Grand Junction Trail in Grand Junction Park. Here the paved trail travels between Galileo Galilei Hwy and the RR tracks. Nice sitting area. Cross Broadway where the next section of trail (through Binney Street & Triangle Park) is currently under construction (as of May 2019) north to Binney St.
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