STUDY UPDATE: Please join us for a Collaborative Workshop on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the Plainville High School cafeteria, where we will review and discuss the characteristics of the Preliminary Preferred Alignments in Plainville and New Britain for the Gap Closure Trail Study. The meeting will begin with an open house where you can provide feedback on specific sections of the preliminary preferred alignments in regards to trail types and treatments. At 7pm there will be a presentation that provides an overview of the process used to narrow the alternatives into the Preferred Alignments. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer period, followed by another opportunity to provide feedback on specific sections of the trail. Your feedback will help the study team shape the final recommendations for the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and CTfastrak connection. View the preliminary Alignment C (North/South) preferred alternative map: For printing (Adobe PDF, 0.4MB) | High-resolution (Adobe PDF, 18.9MB). View the preliminary Alignment E (East/West) preferred alternative map (Adobe PDF, 1.8MB).
  • 5/22/17 Public Informational Meeting Photo 1
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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
  • 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

 UPCOMING! Collaborative Workshop, Wed., October 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Plainville High School cafeteria, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT

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View the preliminary preferred alternative maps:
Alignment C For printing (Adobe PDF, 0.4MB) »
Alignment C High-resolution (Adobe PDF, 18.9MB) »
Alignment E (Adobe PDF, 1.8MB) »

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