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MassDOT Releases ‘Priority Trails Network’ Map

A map of Massachusetts highlighting long-distance trails that MassDOT hopes to connect across the state. Those routes are highlighted as yellow lines and include north-south routes in the Berkshires from Pittsfield to North Adams, in the Connecticut River Valley from Westfield to Northampton and from Northampton to Springfield, two east-west routes from Palmer to Boston, a route along Cape Cod, and a network of routes to connect gateway cities in eastern Mass. to Boston.

A screenshot of MassDOT’s interactive “priority trails network” map. Courtesy of MassDOT.

From a MassDOT press release

The Massachusetts Trails Team (MassTrails), an interagency collaboration between the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), MassDOT, and municipalities, has published a new interactive Priority Trails Network vision map for current and future shared-use path projects throughout the Commonwealth.

The map offers a centralized inventory of key rail trail projects that will help support an envisioned comprehensive statewide transportation trail network. 

That inventory includes approximately 320 miles of trails that have been constructed and are in use, 24 trails currently under construction, and another 60 miles of proposed paths that have been funded but not yet constructed.

Additionally, the map lists priority shared-use path project locations that either have been proposed for consideration or will be pursued for funding and development to help address key gaps in the network. 

“MassDOT is pleased to make available this new interactive priority map to highlight shared-use paths that are open to the public, currently under construction, or are newly identified areas for consideration in communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Gina Fiandaca. “These paths are an important part of the travel network in the state and provide residents with safe, accessible and convenient routes whether people are traveling for fun or for work.”  

The interactive map can be found at, and allows users to click on any segment to view trail name, municipality and MassDOT Project Information page, if applicable. The map includes paved, ADA-accessible shared-use paths, most of which are off-road rail trails or greenways. 

Where off-road facilities do not exist, high-comfort on-road infrastructure is proposed such as separated bike lanes with sidewalks or side paths.

Since 2019, numerous MassTrails grants have focused on extending and connecting existing trails to one another, with the ultimate goal of having all trails statewide connect to this envisioned network.   

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