CONNECTICUT FASTRAK TRAIL:
NEW BRITAIN-NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT
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Last Updated: January 19, 2024
Length: CT Fastrak Trail; 4.5 miles
On-road detour to connect to the Trout Brook Trail; 1.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Mostly flat paved trail. No Shade.
To Start from the New Britain Station [Southern End];
From I-84 Westbound take exit 39A to Route 9 south. Take exit 28A to E Main St and turn right. Take your second left on Main St. The Fastrak Station and start of the trail is on your left.
From I-84 Eastbound take exit 35 to Route 72 east. Take exit 8 to Columbus Blvd and follow to Main St. Left brings you to the Fastrak Station.
Note; No parking available at this station so you can either park on-street or in one of the nearby shopping plazas or the Szczesny Municipal Parking Garage located at 35 Bank St. Fee. For directions to other Fastrak Stations See; CT FASTRAK; WHERE TO PARK .
The CT Fastrak Trail is a paved multiuse trail that parallels the CT Fastrak Busway from the New Britain Station in downtown New Britain North to the Newington Station in Newington. The CT Fastrak Busway continues on to Hartford, however, the trail stops in Newington because there was no room to continue the trail along the Busway North towards Hartford. From the Newington Junction Station a short on-road detour will connect you to the Trout Brook Trail . For more information visit; CT FASTRAK TRAIL .
The planned Beeline Trail will travel 4.9 miles West from New Britain to connect to the Farmington Canal heritage Trail in Plainville. This paved trail will start from the CT Fastrak New Britain Station at Main St. Phase 1 will travel West alongside Route 72 to W Main & Lincoln Streets. However, Phase 2 will be built first and travel from W Main & Lincoln Streets West to Corbin Ave with construction planned to begin Winter 2023. See; Maps Below.
Starting from Main Street in New Britain [Southern End]; The paved CT Fastrak Trail starts from Main St and travels East alongside the New Britain Station.
Note; You can connect to the Columbus Blvd BIKE LANE by heading South to Columbus Blvd. The Columbus Blvd BIKE LANE starts from Lake St and travels East, coming to Main St after 0.4 miles. It then continues past the New Britain Station before turning South, ending at Ellis St after 1.4 miles.
The trail then travels underneath Route 71 and over Route 9 before a cross light takes you over Stanley St at 0.5 miles. Travel North along an urban corridor crossing E Main St at 0.9 miles. East Main Street Station located here. Cross Smalley St where the trail travels through Fairview Cemetery. At 1.5 miles the trail leaves the Busway to detour around Route 9. Cross East St and head left along the paved trail underneath Route 9, over Piper Brook and up a slight hill before turning right into the East Street Station where you'll rejoin the trail alongside the Busway at 2.2 miles. This section is more isolated with all woodland along your right and industrial on your left separated by forest. Travel underneath Route 9 followed by Cedar St before passing by the Cedar Street Station at 2.9 miles. The Hartford/New Haven RR Line merges alongside the Busway as you approach Route 173 (Willard Ave). This is where the paved trail leaves the Busway and takes you up to W Hill Rd. Head right to a cross-light over Willard Ave and you'll come to the Newington Junction Station at 4.5 miles.
This is the end of the trail. The rail corridor becomes too narrow for a separate trail into Hartford. Plans are to extend the trail from Newington Junction to Hartford along alternate routes.
Note; You can connect to the Trout Brook Trail via an on-road detour. High traffic. Not recommended for kids on bikes. Travel North past the station alongside Willard Ave (narrow shoulder) and you'll cross into W Hartford after 0.4 miles and continue along Newington Rd (narrow sidewalk available/shoulder becomes wider). Come to Prescott St at 0.8 miles and take a right along this residential street. Follow to the end and head left on Woodlawn St (residential). Come to New Britain Ave at 1.3 miles and turn right (wide sidewalk). You'll come to a cross-light over New Britain Ave that will take you over to New Park Ave. Use the sidewalk along the left side of New Park Ave as their is no cross-walk further along to get you over to this side of the street. You'll pass by the Elmwood Station before reaching the Trout Brook Trail on your left just before the road crosses Trout Brook at 1.6 miles.
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