STUDY UPDATE 1/16/18: The draft Gap Closure Trail Study report is now available. In response to feedback from members of the community, we reduced the filesize of the draft report and resized the Alignment C map to 8.5" x 11". We hope this makes it easier to download and print the materials, and doesn't diminish the legibility of the graphics in any way. The content of the report and map remains the same as what was uploaded to the site on January 11th. View the report and its attachments on the Resources webpage »
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  • 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

 Draft Report Now Available!

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 Jan. 2018 Newsletter Posted

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 Steering Committee/Technical Team Meeting January 11th

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 Public Hearing February 5th

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 Presentation to Plainville Town Council, December 18, 2017

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