STUDY UPDATE: The project team has identified Alignment C as the preliminary preferred alternative for the North-South alignment to close the FCHT gap in Plainville, and Alignment E for the East-West alignment connecting Plainville with the CTfastrak station in New Britain. We are currently in the process of refining these alignments by taking a closer look at a few areas along each alignment where concerns have been raised, or where further study is necessary. During this process we will be identifying options for how the trail could work in these areas, and how concerns may be addressed or mitigated. After we identify potential options for these areas, they will be presented at a public workshop where we will be asking for community feedback. With your help we hope to develop trail alignments that meet the needs of all stakeholders, in Plainville and New Britain alike.
  • 5/22/17 Public Informational Meeting Photo 1
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  • New Britain Bike Share
  • Mobility Bike Tour Group
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  • CTfastrak Station Bus Users
  • Art installation
  • New Britain Downtown Farmers Market
  • New Britain CTfastrak Downtown Station
  • Plainville Public Information Meeting
The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), the Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department), the Town of Plainville (Plainville), the Town of Southington (Southington), the City of New Britain (City) and the Plainville Greenway Alliance (PGA) have initiated this study to evaluate the feasibility of potential alignments and infrastructure needs for the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) through Plainville and into Southington and a connection to New Britain's bicycle network and CTfastrak station.

This study will have two distinct objectives:

  1. Close the Gap in the FCHT through Southington and Plainville and
  2. Identify a connection to the CTfastrak station in New Britain.

The FCHT runs from New Haven, CT to Northampton, MA, covering approximately 84 miles. Of these 84 miles, the only Gap in the trail is through the Town of Plainville and into Southington, all other sections are either completed, or in design or construction. The Plainville section has not been completed due largely to an active rail line being present within the FCHT corridor.

The recent opening of CTfastrak in Connecticut includes a new multi-use trail for central Connecticut. The next logical step is to connect the FCHT to the CTfastrak station in New Britain and its adjacent multi-use trail to further enhance the bicycle and pedestrian amenities in the region. Since all CTfastrak buses are equipped with bicycle racks, this connection can greatly extend the distance a cyclist can travel to get to their destination.

Thank you for taking the surveys!  

The Facility Type Preference Survey received a total of 330 responses from all sources. Thank you for those who contributed to the Gap Closure Trail Study effort by taking the survey. The Survey Summary is available here.

 Study News

 July 11, 2017 Steering Committee/Technical Team Meeting Presentation and Materials Posted

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 Read Newsletter #2 - June 2017

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