The Central Avenue Connector Trail Project

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Central Avenue Connector Trail (CACT)


The Central Avenue Connector Trail (CACT) will serve as a major trail (or “spine” facility) within a comprehensive countywide trail network and is being planned to complement the ongoing economic, community, and cultural revitalization of the Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor. The CACT will begin west of the Capitol Heights Metro Station, running through a combination of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) right-of-way, neighborhood streets, and existing and planned trail segments before ending at the Largo Town Center Metro Station, with connections to the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant and Morgan Boulevard Metro Stations along the route. The Central Avenue Connector Trail will encourage pedestrian and bicycle commuting, and promote improved public health through the development of a built environment that provides recreational opportunities and encourages people to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles. The trail will also be an important community amenity that will help to spur economic development and revitalize surrounding communities by providing infrastructure to support transit-oriented development and attract private investment.
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The Central Avenue Connector Trail (CACT) was one of the priority projects that was identified by the community through work for the Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor TOD Implementation Project Mobility Study. Community meetings and workshops, which included residents, community groups, property owners, businesses, and other stakeholders, were held through the Approved Subregion 4 Master Plan and Sectional Map Amendment process as well as during the Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor Sustainable Communities application.

Central Avenue Connector Trail: Feasibility Study & Implementation Plan


In 2015, the Prince George's County Planning Department worked with a broad range of stakeholders to complete the Central Avenue Connector Trail: Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan. The CACT Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan outlines a proposed trail alignment, provides a description of existing conditions, and illustrates an overall vision for the project. Additionally, the study explores various approaches to implementation, including community engagement, phasing, cost-estimates for preliminary engineering, and potential funding opportunities. Since completion of the study, the Planning Department has been successful in procuring four grants, totaling $1.2 million, to complete engineering for the proposed project. 

Central Avenue Connector Trail: Phase I - 30% Design Project


The 30% Design Plans have been prepared for Phase I of the CACT, located in the Seat Pleasant area of Prince George’s County, Maryland. The primary goal of this project is to develop design plans and identify costs to construct a one-mile segment of trail that will improve access between the surrounding communities and the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro Station on the WMATA Metro Blue Line. The design includes a survey of existing conditions adjacent to MD 214 (Central Avenue) between Addison Plaza and Pepper Mill Drive along the south side of the highway.

Central Avenue Connector Trail: Phase II - 30% Design Project


The 30% Design Plans have been prepared for Phase II of the CACT. This phase of the project focuses on the areas to the west and east of Phase I (Addison Road-Seat Pleasant), including the area around the Capitol Heights Metro Station (west) and continuing to the east to connect the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center Metro stations.  The primary goal of this project is to develop design plans and identify costs to construct the six-miles of trail facilities connecting Largo Town Center to Washington DC. This information, in conjunction with stakeholder buy-in, will enable the trail to move closer to construction.

This project has received regional attention, including coverage in the Washington Post.