Charlestown Citizens Alliance - January 9, 2017

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Video of Proposed Train Route Through Charlestown

Video of Proposed Train Route Through Charlestown

This video follows the path of a proposed new pair of train tracks through Charlestown. The existing tracks will remain for freight and slower trains. The new tracks are for a higher speed train with Providence as the only RI stop. We estimate the new route through Charlestown will save less than one minute of travel time.

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Town Council Public Meeting on Railroad EIS – January 10

Town Council Public Meeting on Railroad EIS – January 10

The Charlestown Town Council will hold a public meeting on the Federal Railroad Administration North East Corridor Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement. In anticipation of filing formal comments, the Town Council will be holding a public meeting:

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Where: Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria – 363 Carolina Back Road

At the meeting, the Town Council will take comments from the public as part of their formal response to the Federal Railroad Administration.

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Federal Railroad Administration's New Trails to Rails Program?

Federal Railroad Administration's New Trails to Rails Program?

Since the mid 20th century, when many railroad companies went bankrupt and abandoned miles of rail beds, an effort has been underway to turn their defunct rights-of-way into parkland for bicyclers and walkers, popularly called "Rails to Trails."

Under the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) proposal in Charlestown, the existing rail lines will not be converted to trails, they will remain to be used for rolling freight and slower trains. Charlestown would end up with four rails, the existing rail lines that run from Kenyon, through Shannock, Carolina, and Wood River Junction, and two new high speed rails running through over 2000 acres of parkland, including the 1,112 acre Francis Carter Preserve.

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Federal Railroad Administration Plan

We have created a page dedicated to this issue, where we will keep all the information we have available and up to date. Please bookmark it and let us know what information we should add. The page contains all the posts we have published on this issue and many (most) which we have not added to our e-mail newsletters.

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Check the CCA Events Calendar for more to do in Charlestown, or explore Charlestown using our Guide to Recreation/Conservation Areas.

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The banner image in this email is from a photograph of one of the farms in the path of the proposed train tracks by Frances Topping. If you have photos of Charlestown wildlife, landscapes, or events that you would like to share with us to use on our website, Facebook, or in emails, please send them to us by email.

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