STUDY UPDATE: THANK YOU to all who participated in the May 22nd Public Information Meeting at the Plainville Public Library. More than 100 community members participated, joining the Presentation and the Open House to hear about the project and provide comments on the work completed. Materials presented at the Public Information Meeting are available below:

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Summary
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Display Boards
  • Public Information Meeting Comment Form

  • Anyone who missed the meeting is still welcome to provide comments. Comments on the materials presented at the Public Information Meeting are requested by June 2nd, although feedback can be provided at any time.
    Thank you for your continued interest in the Study. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Malone (860-522-2217 ext. 224).
    • 5/22/17 Public Informational Meeting Photo 1
    • 5/22/17 Public Informational Meeting Photo 2
    • New Britain Bike Share
    • Mobility Bike Tour Group
    • Farmington Canal Norton Park
    • 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

     May 22, 2017 Public Information Meeting Presentation and Summary Posted

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     November 15th Meeting Presentation and Minutes Posted

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     New Website Sections Added!

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     Read Newsletter #1 - September 2016

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