The MassDOT Board today approved a a 99-year lease with the City of Peabody for a 2.7 mile segment of the former Newburyport Branch line. The City plans to build a multi-use trail along the unused rail corridor.
The lease agreement transfers maintenance of the property to Peabody, which will also dispose of the existing rail and ties. The MBTA reserves the right to reclaim the corridor should it be needed for a future transportation use.
The T has entered into 26 similar agreements with local cities and towns, resulting in nearly 100 miles of trails. The agreements enhance local environmental and recreational benefits while preserving rights of way for the Commonwealth’s future transportation needs.