Testimony on H.1790 (Rail Trails)
October 15, 2019
Re: Testimony on H.1790
Dear Chairs O’Day and Rausch,
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of H.1790, a bill relating to the use of CPA funds for the purposes of acquiring land to be use for rail trails.
This bill would provide additional means for municipalities to draw from in order to continue building out rail trails, which have proven to be a terrific addition to our open space and recreational lands particularly in the Metrowest region.
My predecessor, Chris Walsh, was a major proponent of rail trails, and the city of Framingham continues to explore new ways to acquire private lands to construct and/or complete rail trails in the area that would provide open space while also alleviating our ever-increasing intra-city traffic. Although Framingham has not adopted the CPA as of yet, there is an effort under way to put the measure on the ballot in the coming years. The passage of this bill would encourage voters to support the CPA, as nearby rail trails are quite popular. I hear regularly from constituents that they are excitedly anticipating the expansion of the Bruce Freeman Trail and other trails into Framingham.
I strongly encourage the committee to vote this bill out favorably in recognition of the fact that this bill provides a creative means for expanding the recreational area that will result in greater preservation and usage of our natural lands.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns.