By Christopher Roberson
The Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail recently released parking data for the proposed trail and how it compares to the parking arrangements of other Rail Trails on the North Shore.
According to the Friends group, consulting firm Beals+Thomas recommends that a Rail Trail have “20-50” parking spaces per mile.
Lynnfield’s section of the trail would be 2.5 miles long and would have 328 parking spaces per mile for a total of 819 spaces. Wakefield’s section would be 1.9 miles long and would have 142 spaces per mile for a total of 270 spaces.
In contrast, the Rail Trail in Danvers is 4.3 miles long and has 52 spaces per mile for a total of “225-250” spaces. The Winchester Rail Trail is approximately four miles long and has 150 spaces per mile for a total of “600-650” spaces. The Rail Trail in Topsfield runs for 3.9 miles and has 19 spaces per mile for a total of 73 spaces. Lastly, the Salisbury Rail Trail is 1.3 miles long with 13 spaces per mile for a total of 17 spaces.