The City of Newton and Town of Needham are working together to study the future use of the former railroad corridor that historically connected the two communities. Recreating a connection is a long-term interest and effort. The possibility of a shared-use path would extend the Upper Falls Greenway across the Charles River, across I-95/128, and along the former railroad right of way to Webster Street in Needham Heights. This project is still in the preliminary stages and has not yet been planned, designed, or funded.

To assist in planning, the municipalities received state funding to conduct a feasibility study, which will include a technical analysis, a survey, and two community meetings to describe the project and hear from the public. The municipalities are considering whether this would be a path for cyclists, pedestrians and similar uses, or if it would also provide public transportation with electric shuttle buses.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. A hybrid community meeting hosted by the Town of Needham is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 at 6pm. All are welcome to attend in-person at Powers Hall in Needham Town Hall (1471 Highland Avenue, Needham), or use this zoom link to participate remotely (registration is not required).
  2. An on-line community meeting hosted by the City of Newton is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm at this link (registration is not required).
  3. Additionally, there is an on-line survey to get a sense of the public’s interests. The survey will remain open until Sunday, April 30. 

    Community Way Study Area