Oct 10, 2018 – Sudbury Town Meeting October 15 – Support Article 7

There will be a Town Meeting on Monday, October 15, at LSRHS at 7:30 PM.

Article 7 is the final ask for design funding for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. We need $650,00 to finish the design. As soon as the design is complete, construction can begin.

Last May the BFRT was placed on the Transportation Improvement Program. This means the full cost of construction, $9,700,000, will paid by state and federal funds. It will cost Sudbury $0. Sudbury will get a $10,000,000 amenity for $1,1 million dollars, a 9:1 return on investment.

Five more miles of the BFRT opened this year in Westford, Carlisle, and Acton. The 3.5 mile Concord section is nearing completion and will be opening in Spring 2019.

The BFRT has come to our doorstep.

If the design is not completed, we will lose our place for construction in 2022.

No project has received greater, more consistent, town-wide support in committees and at town meetings than the rail trail.

  • This article will not increase taxes
  • Free cash for the design is now available – over $2,000,000
  • No other current requests for free cash
  • If we delay, the design costs will increase
  • Construction will be delayed
  • Loss of use of rail trail for years

I will be presenting Article 7 on October 15. Please attend, consider speaking in favor of this article, and join me in voting for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.

—Len Simon, Meadowbrook Circle, Sudbury

Len Simon is the Petitioner for the BFRT funding article. He is a member of the Board of Selectmen, however, in this letter he speaks only for himself.

This letter was posted in Wicked Local Sudbury – October 8, 2018.