Rail Trail

The Dover Rail Trail Committee was an ad-hoc committee formed by the Dover Board of Selectmen in 2011. The Rail Trail Committee was disbanded by the Board of Selectmen on April 17th, 2014.  The committee’s role was to develop a recommendation for the conversion of the Dover section of the Bay Colony rail bed into a recreational trail by working with all relevant boards, committees and departments in Dover, and coordinating activities with the efforts of Needham and Medfield.

At their February 16, 2017 meeting, the Board of Selectmen executed two motions with respect to the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail.    The Bay Colony Rail Trail Lease requests MBTA approval of the proposed lease agreement before the Annual Town meeting, and the Bay Colony Rail Trail Memorandum of Understanding authorizes Town Counsel to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the Friends of the Dover Greenway regarding funding.

At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on February 2nd, 2017 there was a presentation on the status of the lease negotiations with the MBTA. There was an Public Forum on March 6. Documents shown in these presentations or given to the Board of Selectmen at these meetings are below:

Process Outline

Updated Summary of Changes to Standard MBTA Form

Dover – Clean Draft MBTA Lease as of 2-16-17 Selectmen Mtg

Dover – 2-16-17 Cumulative Redline Versus MBTA Standard

MBTA Meeting Minutes of 7-11-12 re Lease

Powerpoint shown at March 6, 2017 Public Forum

Proposed Recreation Path Click to enlarge