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
Mile Marker Program – NEW!
We are pleased to announce a new mile marker program! You can support the Middleton Rail Trail by sponsoring a marker along our trail.
For more information on how to sponsor, please click here!
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, the Phase 2 construction between Central Street and Oak Street is now substantially complete! There is now 1.5 miles of continuous trail, between Essex Street and Oak Street.
Officers of Middleton Rail Trail Alliance (MiRTA):
Rick Kassiotis (President)
John LeBlanc (Vice President)
Richard Gilman (Secretary)
Charlie Costigan (Treasurer)
Marty Emmick, (Tech Officer)
Kerri Staffier (Fundraising Officer)
MiRTA currently has monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Middleton Flint Public Library (masks are required). The public is welcome to attend in person or via Zoom. The Zoom link for these meetings is: MiRTA monthly Zoom meeting
We continue with the installation of new kiosks, bike racks, bike repair stations and benches on the finished parts of the rail trail.
A separate Middleton Rails to Trails Committee was established by the Town of Middleton to help coordinate activities. That Committee plans to meet quarterly. For additional information, please go to: https://middletonma.gov/397/Rails-to-Trails-Committee
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!
We are looking for volunteers to help us expand and improve our rail trail. We have specific needs in the following areas:
Fundraising and events
Trail maintenance and clean-up
Installing new rail trail features (examples: kiosks, benches, bike racks, signage)
Administrative & technology (examples:, bookkeeping, project tracking, website management & Facebook updates)
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Marty Emmick at 978-500-2285. Please be sure to include your name and telephone number when sending an email. Thank you!
Below are some updates on the rail trail, which also can be found on our Facebook page: MiRTA Facebook page