From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Bowser today broke ground on the Fort Totten extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which 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.
“This extension is a tremendous example of how we are working together as a community to build a safer, stronger DC for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Mayor Bowser. “With this project, we’re closing key gaps in our network and providing a safe, off-street route for people traveling through the District.”
The $11 million project, which will take approximately 18 months to complete, (more…)
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Mark passes on from the MBT listserv:
“This morning at 8:45 a man was exposing himself while standing in the middle of the trail, between NY Ave. & R St. NE. I saw something similar about a month ago, but it was not so obvious, so I didn’t report it. I called police this morning after I got to work. Please report to police if you see this behavior — if it is the same person he seems to be getting more bold.”
From an email:
“There is a black male, about 5’8”, wearing a light blue sky denim jacket and pants, jerking off in public on the NoMa metro platform. The WMATA police have been notified. According to a nice man I was with, he is around the area often. Please stay alert. I was sitting on one of the benches as he did this in my peripheral.”
From an email:
“WABA Trail Ranger coffee hour is tomorrow morning! (Postponed from the usual second Friday last week due to rain) We’ll be at 4th and S St NE on the Metropolitan Branch Trail from 7:00am – 9:00am with free Qualia Coffee and Mission Muffins.”
Thanks to “daily MBT user” for sending:
“Thanksgiving traffic has spilled over onto the MBT today (I know. This happens far more often than around the holidays). Taken around 3:15 this afternoon. [Wednesday]”
“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.”