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.

The CACT was one of the priority projects 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.
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