The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is an 8-mile trail that runs from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Maryland. Following the Metropolitan Branch Line of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the trail passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods as well as connecting to the National Mall. The MBT is an important transportation route providing connections to homes, work and play as well as access to seven Metro stations. Current plans include connections to the area’s trail network such as the Capital Crescent Trail, Anacostia Trails System, and integration into the East Coast Greenway.



The NoMa Business Improvement District and the project team for the Met Branch Trail Safety and Access Study are looking for your feedback on recommendations for improvements along the trail.


The NoMa Business Improvement District, Metropolitan Police Department, District Department of Transportation and local stakeholders, leaders and advocates are leading an effort to enhance safety, accessibility and the user experience on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

DDOT and ANC4B to hold public open house on preliminary design

What: Metropolitan Branch Trail Open House
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District, 6001 Georgia Avenue NW (at Peabody Street)

Representatives from DDOT will present the preliminary design and solicit feedback from the public.

To view the preliminary design plans, click on Resources, above.

10/24/2014 Preliminary Design Underway for Phase 2: DDOT has begun preliminary design of the northern half of the trail from Bates Road, NE to Takoma Park. Workers are conducting field surveys to determine topography and property lines.

8/15/2013 DDOT to Start Construction on the Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge Project. New Bridge Will Create Safe and Direct Connection to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and Metropolitan Branch Trail.

3/15/2013 Excitement Building for Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Race

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11/09 About two weekends back, we all went out to the see what was going on with the Met Bike Trail. This was the first time I had ridden a bike in about 10 years, initially it was grueling, but after 45 minutes, and some help from the group, I had the hang of it. My first observation is that the trail is going to be quite nice, and will add much needed upgrades to our area of the planet, and once everything is installed and working, it will enhance our area. Further, the much advertised bike station at Union station is state-of-art…

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