STUDY UPDATE 2/06/18: Thank you for everyone that attended the Public Hearing at Plainville Middle School February 5th. View the presentation on the Resources webpage » . Please remember to provide comments on or before Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Please mail or email your comments to: Timothy Malone (tmalone@crcog.org), Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
STUDY UPDATE 1/23/18: The draft Cap Closure Trail Study report is available for public review and comments. View the report and its attachments on the Resources webpage » The Plainville Town Council is holding a public hearing to discuss the study and its recommendations on Monday, February 5th, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Plainville Middle School Auditorium. Please see Meeting Notice for more details.
HOW TO COMMENT: Public Comment Period Extended by Two Days From February 12 to February 14, 2018. The public is invited to review the draft report and provide comments on or before Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Please mail or email your comments to: Timothy Malone (tmalone@crcog.org), Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
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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

 Presentation to Plainville Town Council, February 5, 2018 Now Available!

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 Draft Report Now Available!

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HOW TO COMMENT:
Please mail or email your comments to:
Timothy Malone
Principal Planner
Capitol Region Council of Governments
241 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 724-4221
tmalone@crcog.org


 Public Hearing February 5th

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 Jan. 2018 Newsletter Posted

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 Steering Committee/Technical Team Meeting January 11th

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 Presentation to Plainville Town Council, December 18, 2017

View materials presented at the meeting »

We encourage you to participate in this study.

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