Meeting on the preliminary design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Takoma Park on Saturday, March 21


From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B will hold a joint meeting on the preliminary design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Takoma Park on Saturday, March 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.

Representatives from DDOT will present the trail alignment and solicit feedback from the general public.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is an eight-mile, paved bicycle and pedestrian trail from Union Station in Ward 6 to Silver Spring, Md. The portion between Union Station and Brookland in Ward 5 is very popular averaging more than 500 users a day. Design is underway for the section that’s north of Brookland. This new section is proposed to run along the railroad tracks from Bates Road to the Ft. Totten Metro station, then along First Place, Riggs Road, First Street, all in Northeast, and Blair Road, NW.

More information is available at

Comments on the preliminary design, as well as requests for more information should be directed to Jim Sebastian at [email protected]

The event information is as follows:

What: Metropolitan Branch Trail Open House

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
1 pm to 4 pm

Where: Metropolitan Police Department
6001 Georgia Avenue (at Peabody)”

6 Comment

  • Best news I’ve heard all day!

  • Great news. Will hopefully increase safety on the trail – though if yesterday was any indication, they’re going to need to widen it soon! I’m not sure if it was the nice weather or the new RI Ave Metro bridge (or both), but it was quite crowded.

  • This may be beyond the scope of the meeting, but it would be really nice to have a spur that connects this to Petworth. It’s very very close, but you have to navigate a several block section of Rock Creek Church that’s not at all bike friendly.

    • +1. I fantasize about a bike path through Old Soldiers home, across the Scale Gate overpass of N. Capitol, and around Catholic U to connect Petworth to the MBT.

    • Absolutely! That should be much easier to pull off, as there are fewer residents and landowners to deal with in the middle of the two – and an abundance of space along insanely wide Irving Street.

  • Can’t wait for them to extend the trail along the train tracks to the Fort Totten Metro. The current detour makes no sense. While they’re at it they should rip down that gross concrete mixing plant too.

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