STUDY UPDATE 1/8/19: CRCOG and the City of New Britain have released the public review draft of the Gap Closure Trail Study: Connection to CTfastrak Section. This report outlines a proposed recommendation to connect the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, adopted by the CRCOG Policy Board in March 2018, with the CTfastrak station in New Britain. A public meeting on this draft plan will be held at the New Britain City Hall (27 Main Street) on Tuesday, January 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM. The public is invited to attend, hear more about the proposed recommendations and speak with project staff. The public comment period for the draft plan will be open until Friday, February 8th, 2019.
  • 10/18/17 Workshop Photo 1
  • 10/18/17 Workshop Photo 2
  • 10/18/17 Workshop Photo 3
  • 10/18/17 Workshop Photo 7
  • 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
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

Public Meeting Tuesday January 29, 2019

View meeting information »

 Connection to CTfastrak Section Public Review Draft Report is available!

View the Draft Report »

 Gap Closure Trail Study: Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Section Final Report accepted by Plainville Town Council

View 2/20/18 Town Council meeting minutes »

Gap Closure Trail Study: Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Section Final Report is available.

View the report »

 Presentation to Plainville Town Council, February 5, 2018

View materials presented at the meeting »

 Jan. 2018 Newsletter Posted

View the newsletter »

 Steering Committee/Technical Team Meeting January 11th

View meeting information and agenda »

 Presentation to Plainville Town Council, December 18, 2017

View materials presented at the meeting »