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Updates, News & Events

Welcome to the Middleton Rail Trail website! 

The Middleton Rail Trail Alliance (MiRTA), founded in 2018, is a 501c non-profit organization. Our goal is to renovate a 4.5 mile stretch of the old Essex Railroad that runs through Middleton into a multi-use trail.  The completed trail will run from Danvers to North Andover and serve as both a recreational and alternative transportation resource for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities

Middleton Rail Trail

Rail Trail Construction Progress

The first phase of construction between Creedon Lane (by Howe-Manning School) and Essex Street was completed in the fall of 2020. 

Due to the collaborative efforts of MELD, Middleton DPW and various Town agencies, a significant portion of Phase 2 construction between Webb Street and Maple Street is now complete!

Middleton Rail Trail
Middleton Rail Trail

Officers of Middleton Rail Trail Alliance (MiRTA):


Rick Kassiotis (President)

John LeBlanc (Vice President)

Richard Gilman (Secretary)

Charlie Costigan (Treasurer)

Marty Emmick, (Tech Officer)



MiRTA currently has monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.

Lastly, we have completed initial construction between Central Street and Webb Street.
While more work needs to be done here, we now have a continuous finished section
between Essex Street and Maple Street!

We are in the process of installing new signage, kiosks, warning strips and benches on the finished parts of the rail trail.

Middleton Rail Trail

Other Exciting News:


Our Facebook page is up and we hope you will follow us -- MiRTA Facebook page


A separate Middleton Rails to Trails Committee was established by the Town of Middleton to help coordinate activities. That Committee plans to meet quarterly:


Katrina O’Leary (Middleton Town Planner), Charles Costigan (Chairman Middleton Rails to Trails Committee) and Richard Kassiotis (Middleton Selectman and Chairman

Middleton Rail Trail Alliance) accepted a Grant awarded from MASS Trails, from Governor Baker in Sandwich MA, on July 22, 2021

Middleton Rail Trail

We continue to receive generous donations from individuals and businesses, which are greatly appreciated.  Recent donations include a grant from the Middleton Cultural Council for two kiosks on the Rail Trail. The first has been installed at the entrance off Creedon Lane, near the Howe-Manning School. Another will be installed at Essex Street. Thank you for your generosity!  

Middleton Rail Trail

Volunteers Wanted:

We are looking for volunteers to help us expand and improve our rail trail.  We have specific needs in the following areas:

  • Trail maintenance and clean-up

  • Trail planning

  • Installing new rail trail features (examples: kiosks, benches, bike racks, signage)

  • Fundraising and events

  • Administrative & technology (examples: track project costs, bookkeeping, website & Facebook updates)


If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to, or call Marty Emmick at 978-500-2285.  Please be sure to include your name and telephone number.  Thank you!