Friday, February 26, 2010

Ct Trails

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MapRail-trailTrail NameStateCountiesLength (miles)Activities
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Airline North State Park Trail
CTWindham27Walk, Horseback, Snowmobile, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Airline State Park Trail - South
CTHartford, Middlesex, New London, Windham22.40Walk, Horseback, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Branford Trolley Trail
CTNew Haven1Walk, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Charter Oak Greenway
CTHartford9.80Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Derby Greenway
CTNew Haven1.70Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
CTHartford, New Haven40Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Farmington River Trail
CTHartford8.50Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Mountain Bicycle, Fishing, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Hop River State Park Trail
CTHartford, Tolland15.60Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway)
CTFairfield3.40Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail - Monroe
CTFairfield3.80Walk, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Larkin State Park Trail
CTNew Haven10.40Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Middlebury Greenway
CTNew Haven4.40Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Moosup Valley State Park Trail
CTWindham5.80Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle, Fishing
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Putnam River Trail
CTWindham2Walk, Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Quinebaug River Trail
CTWindham4Walk, Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Railroad Ramble
CTLitchfield1.70Walk, Horseback, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Ridgefield Rail Trail
CTFairfield2.30Walk, Cross Country Ski, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Stratton Brook State Park Trail
CTHartford2Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Vernon Rails-to-Trails
CTTolland4Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
No spatial data available
Trail is not a rail-trail
Wilton Trail
CTFairfield2.70Walk, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail (WIndsor Locks Canal Towpath)
CTHartford4.50Walk, Bicycle, Fishing

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

land use study of Route 7 between Norwalk and Danbury Meeting Postponed

http://www.route7study.org/html-PI/public_meetings.html

Public Meetings

This study will look for ways to improve and interconnect the various components of the transportation system: the roadway, commuter rail, bus travel, walking, and biking. The study will also evaluate how land is currently used in the corridor and how it could be used in the future to work with the transportation system serving it. The study will focus on Route 7 within Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, and Wilton. The study will not evaluate the need for an expressway from Danbury to Norwalk, but will instead investigate ways to maximize the efficiency and safety of all modes of the existing transportation system.
MEETING RESCHEDULED TO NEW DATE SHOWN BELOW!!!
Date:
Monday, March 1, 2010
Location:
Wilton High School Cafeteria
Address:
395 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Informal Open House:
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presentation:
7:00 pm
Directions:
www.wilton.k12.ct.us/whs/adm/contact.php
Snow Date: In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at the same location and time on Monday, March 1, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

land use study of Route 7 between Norwalk and Danbury. Route 7 is a critical

Wilton Library Notification:
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Public Meetings

This study will look for ways to improve and interconnect the various components of the transportation system: the roadway, commuter rail, bus travel, walking, and biking. The study will also evaluate how land is currently used in the corridor and how it could be used in the future to work with the transportation system serving it. The study will focus on Route 7 within Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, and Wilton. The study will not evaluate the need for an expressway from Danbury to Norwalk, but will instead investigate ways to maximize the efficiency and safety of all modes of the existing transportation system.
MEETING RESCHEDULED TO NEW DATE SHOWN BELOW!!!
Date:
Monday, March 1, 2010
Location:
Wilton High School Cafeteria
Address:
395 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Informal Open House:
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presentation:
7:00 pm
Directions:
www.wilton.k12.ct.us/whs/adm/contact.php
Snow Date: In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at the same location and time on Monday, March 1, 2010
The South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) along with the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) is conducting a transportation and land use study of Route 7 between Norwalk and Danbury. Route 7 is a critical transportation connection for life in southwestern Connecticut. This segment of Route 7 has been studied for years and some portions have been rebuilt over the decades in order to improve travel. Likewise, commuter rail on the Danbury Branch is currently being studied to determine the best way to improve rail service in the corridor.
Still, there are gaps in the transportation system both on the roadway itself and with options to better connect to the public transportation system that serves the corridor.
This study will look for ways to improve and interconnect the various components of the transportation system; the roadway, commuter rail, bus travel, walking, and biking. The study will also evaluate how land is currently used in the corridor and how it could be used in the future to work with the transportation system serving it.

The study will focus on Route 7 within Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, and Wilton. The study will not evaluate the need for an expressway from Danbury to Norwalk, but will instead investigate ways to maximize the efficiency and safety of all modes of the existing transportation system.
The first of three public information meetings is being held to present and discuss the study scope, status, the vision for the corridor, and to review existing transportation and land use conditions.
Area residents, business owners, commuters, and all interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend this meeting to share your views about issues and opportunities for improvement in the Route 7 corridor. For study and meeting information, please visit
www.route7study.org or contact:

South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA)
Craig Lader (Study Project Manager)
203-316-5190
lader@swrpa.org

 

A New Greenway Along our Route 7 in Wilton!

A New Greenway Along our Route 7 in Wilton! There is substantial rumoring about a new "Greenway" along Route 7 here in Wilton. Years ago, the state bought up, using eminent domain, a lot of land along the old Route 7. The intention was to build a huge Super 7 the whole way from Danbury to Norwalk. Norwalk approved the state's building a Super 7 through most of the town, to the Wilton border. There it stopped, as Wilton wasn't so sure that this was what was in the best interest of its residents. Law suits ensued for many many years, environmental issues were raised, etc. Now, it appears that there is no money left, even if the highway were to be approved, so the residents are fighting for the "Greenway" to be located on the empty land. This will be a fabulous, long, flat wide strip along the Norwalk River all the way up to Danbury, where all can walk, bike, run, rollerblade, or anything else you would like. I think that this could perhaps also be beneficial to our real estate values, and increase our home prices. How fabulous would that be? I cannot wait for the New Greenway Along our Route 7 in Wilton!

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