The Central Avenue Connector Trail Project
Join CACT Team at a community meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Omega Room, 408 Addison Road South, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. See flyer for more information.
- Now Online: A video of the Central Avenue Connector Trail Community Update meeting held on April 4, 2017.
The Central Avenue Corridor is in many ways the heart of Prince George's County. It is a vital regional arterial, providing a critical link for travel between the east side of Washington, D.C., into Prince George's County where it connects to FedEx Field, I-95/I-495 (the Capital Beltway), and ultimately to Anne Arundel County. Sidewalks exist along much of MD 214 (Central Avenue) but they are narrow with minimal separation from traffic lanes and little or no landscaping. Opportunities to safely cross MD 214 on foot are few. Neighbors feel that ingress and egress from their neighborhood onto MD 214 at unsignalized intersecting streets are unsafe for pedestrians and motorists alike.
Central Avenue Connector Trail (CACT)
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.
The CACT will start just west of the Capitol Heights Metro Station, running through a combination of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rights-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 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.
Central Avenue Connector Trail: Feasibility Study & Implementation Plan
In 2015, the Prince George's County Planning Department worked with Toole Design Group and a broad range of community, County, and state stakeholders to complete the Central Avenue Connector Trail: Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments funded the study through their Transportation/Land Use Connections Program. 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.
The Prince George’s County Planning Department has made significant strides moving the CACT towards implementation. In 2015, the Planning Department worked with Toole Design Group and a broad range of community, County, and state stakeholders to complete a Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan for the Central Avenue Connector Trail Project. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments funded the study through its Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program. 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 three grants, totaling $551,400, to complete preliminary engineering (30 percent design) for the proposed project. Funds have also been placed in the Capital Improvement Program (FY 2018) for the Central Avenue Connector Trail to be used as matching funds for future grant applications for design and construction. Currently, 30 percent design plans for Phase I (Addison Road) are complete. The Planning Department is working with A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. to complete design work for Phase II (Capitol Heights to Largo Town Center). In addition, the Planning Department is awaiting award notification for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant application to complete final design, construction drawings and operations and maintenance study for Phase I (Addison Road). 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.