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Feasibility Study and Design of a Pedestrian & Bicycle Crossing of the Fitchburg MBTA Commuter Rail Line in North Cambridge

Photo taken from Sherman Street looking west at the MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail train tracks in North Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is currently studying the feasibility of creating a pedestrian/bicycle crossing across the MBTA commuter rail line tracks in North Cambridge to better connect the Rindge Avenue residential neighborhood with Danehy Park, retail stores and shopping, and Fresh Pond. The feasibility study includes options for both an underpass and bridge crossings. The City will review the pros and cons of these options and select the option that best matches public and engineering input. The selected option will then be advanced to a more developed design stage.

Study Area

The study area is bounded by Alewife Brook Parkway, Rindge Avenue, Sherman Street, and the Danehy Park / Fresh Pond Mall area. The southern part of study area boundary also includes the former Watertown Branch rail parcel, which will become the Danehy-New Street Connector multi-use path. In 2022 when the Community Development Department began the Danehy-New Street Connector Path design project, City Council requested that we include funding for analysis to understand if the newly acquired city owned land offered new opportunities to create a crossing. The two links below include a study area map and a link to the Danehy-New Street Connector path web page.

Adjacent to our study area, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority has recently begun the Rindge Connectivity project. This project aims to improve the open space and connections at 362, 364, and 402 Rindge Avenue, as well as connections to essential community resources like nearby shopping areas and parks. To learn more about the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority project, please visit: https://www.cambridgeredevelopment.org/rindgeconnectivity.

Federal Design Funds Grant

The Community Development Department has submitted an application for federal funding to begin the design of the pedestrian and bike crossing and proposed path connections from Sherman St to Steel Pl. The Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) grant was submitted in September 2023. The grant application is seeking design funds at this time because in order to seek construction funding, an applicant would need to have a shovel-ready project in place which the City does not have yet.

Stay tuned to hear if were selected to receive grant funding for the design of the Fitchburg line crossing project. You can sign up for email alerts to hear if we were awarded the grant, see "sign up for email alerts" below. Please use this link to visit the United States Department of Transportation webpage to review information about the RCN grant.

Public Meeting #2 Recording and Presentation Materials

Thanks to those who joined us Thursday, September 14, 2023 to hear updates and learn about our plan to pursue design funding for the bridge crossing option. Please see below for related presentation materials.


Public Meeting #1 Recording and Presentation Materials

Thanks to those who joined us Wednesday, June 21, 2023 to hear about the study and see the different graphics and understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the different underpass and overpass options developed as part of this feasibility study. Please see below for related presentation materials.

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Please use this link to sign up for email alerts to stay updated about the planning study and receive invites to future events.


Please contact Charlie Creagh or Bill Deignan if you have any questions about this ongoing feasibility study.

Charlie Creagh | 617-349-9167 | ccreagh@cambridgema.gov

Bill Deignan | 617-349-4632 | wdeignan@cambridgema.gov

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