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West Boylston St. sidewalk in Worcester

A Walk Audit of Worcester

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If Worcester has ambitions to become a more walkable, transit-oriented city, streets like West Boylston Street in the city’s Indian Lake neighborhood – a bit over a mile north of downtown – present a major obstacle. West Boylston Street was historically the main road leading north of the city towards its eponymous suburb. Then, in […]
The Wayside Trail, part of the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail, passes an abandoned trail station at the Church Street underpass in Weston.

New Plan Plots a Course for Cross-State Trail Through Central Massachusetts

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A newly-released feasibility study gives the state a detailed plan for finishing the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail (MCRT), a proposed 104-mile pathway from Northampton to downtown Boston that would largely follow the railbed of the abandoned Massachusetts Central Railroad. About one third of the trail’s length has already been developed for bike and pedestrian traffic […]
Worcester City Hall and the newly rebuilt Main Street, pictured in December 2020.

It’s Worcester Week on StreetsblogMASS

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We’re focusing our coverage this week on Worcester, New England’s second-biggest city. After decades of destructive urban renewal schemes, Worcester can be a challenging place to get around for people who don’t own a car. Compared to the rest of Massachusetts, Worcester has higher-than-average rates of injury-causing crashes, and lower rates of transit ridership. Which […]