“On October 31, 2017, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued the Potomac Construction Company a Notice to Proceed for the design-build construction of the next phase of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The new trail will connect the existing trail from John McCormack Drive in Brookland to the Fort Totten Metro Station. This is the next major milestone toward the completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. (more…)
“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District seek the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest in reference to a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense which occurred on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) at Mile Number 1.4 – S Street, Northeast, on Monday, October 30, 2017.
At approximately 9:38 am, the victim was walking northbound at the listed location, when two suspects approached him from behind. One of the suspects began to physically assault the victim while the second suspect went through his pockets. The suspects then fled the scene with the victim’s property.
A nearby surveillance camera captured two persons of interest in this case. They can be seen in the photos above.
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.”
1709 3rd Street, NE Photo by PoPville flickr user cb nworks
“But the mural isn’t intended to honor Lincoln. That image, in tones of gray, black and white, is almost an afterthought.
Muralist Garin Baker said that the foreground features African-American men quarrying the white Georgia marble used to build Lincoln’s statue, as well as a poem by Frederick Douglass.”
From an email:
“The WABA Trail Ranger coffee hour is tomorrow! Join us for free coffee, ice and maybe donuts at 4th and S St NE on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
7:30 am – 9:30 am
4th and S St NE
August 11th (every second Friday of the month)”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Calvert
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the design-build construction of the next phase of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The Fort Totten section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail will connect from where it currently ends on John McCormack Drive in Brookland, to the Fort Totten Metro Station.
“This is the next major milestone in the District’s commitment to completing the construction of the Metropolitan Branch Trail,” said Leif Dormsjo, DDOT Director. “A design-build approach will help us engage the creativity of the construction community to bring their ideas to the final design and construction.”
The Metropolitan Branch Trail is an 8-mile multi-use trail that connects Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring Maryland. The new trail will provide a direct off-street route for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Fort Totten area.
The trail will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. (more…)
Photo courtesy Washington Area Bicyclist Association
From an email:
“Stop on by 4th and S St NE pocket park on the Metropolitan Branch Trail this Friday for our monthly coffee hour – the WABA Trail Ranger team will be out handing out free coffee and trail updates!
Its a great chance to chat with the trail community and looking at the weather [fingers crossed], it should be a delightful morning to be outside. We will be setup 7:00 am – 9:00 am.”
A reader reports around 6:30pm yesterday:
“Right as I was coming down from the RI Ave pedestrian bridge a few mins ago, a car hopped the curb from Forman Mills and sped north on the MBT at about 40 MPH. Obviously lots of cyclists and runners out this time of day, so I hope nobody got hurt!”
Yesterday a resident reported, on theBrookland listserv, encountering a man masturbating on the MBT around 11:30am. The following description of the 911 call could be even more disturbing:
“Where are you?”
“RHI metro bridge on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.”
“Oh are you in the metro?”
“By Foreman Mills.”
“What’s the cross street?”
“Rhode Island Ave. I am on the MBT.”
“But where on the MBT.”
“Just south of the 2.1 mile marker.”
“Mam, that doesn’t help me.”
“I thought the whole point of the mile markers was to help us tell you where we are?”
“Where are you again?”
“On the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just by the RHI Bridge Steps across from Foreman Mills.”
“What is the cross street?”
I lost it then. This is redic.
“WHAT IF I WAS BEING RAPED? Could you find me then?”
“I will send someone out there now.”
I am so frustrated, and I feel unsafe.”
I emailed OP this morning who said she heard from the 911 office today and “They are re-training everyone about the MBT.” Given the number of incidents reported on the MBT let’s hope this training is done post haste. And is thorough.
Thanks to a reader for sending.
Maybe a good opportunity to also discuss the recent article in the New Yorker Is Gentrification Really a Problem?
“The MPD is investigating a report on the Metropolitan Branch Trail as follows:
Misdemeanor Sex Assault Metropolitan Branch Trail (Mile Marker 1.9)16103150
C1 was assaulted when S1 grabbed her buttocks at the listed location. S1 was last seen north towards 8th and Edgewood. S1 was described as a hispanic male, with short hair, wearing an orange shirt and carrying a green backpack.
Questions, concerns, and information regarding this matter should be addressed to the Sex Assault Unit at 202-727-3700.”