Updates

5/29/15
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 study has been underway since April and the project team is in the process of finalizing the recommendations for implementation. The team is looking for input from the public (you!) on the concepts and ideas that have been developed thus far. These ideas have come from one-on-one conversations with stakeholders, public workshops along the trail, and over 750 responses from a public survey.

Join us at Wunder Garten in NoMa
Tuesday, June 16th
5:30 – 7:30 pm

4/16/2015

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.

The following survey was created as part of this effort to collect information from community members (you!) about issues and opportunities along the trail. Participation from trail users and non-users alike is essential to help improve the trail.

Met Branch Trail Survey

A mobile workshop (walk-shop!) will be held from 5-8pm on Wednesday, April 22nd to collect feedback along the trail.

3/5/2015
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.

For more information, contact Jim Sebastian at jim.sebastian@dc.gov or 202 671 2331

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. The next step to lay out the proposed alignment on paper and share it with the community. DDOT will be looking for public input this winter (2015), with the 30% design plans scheduled for completion in the Spring. Final design is expected to start in 2015, with construction estimated for 2016 or 2017.

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

Starting on or about Monday, August 19 the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin construction on the Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian-Bicycle Bridge Project. The bridge will take approximately 16 to 18 months to complete and was designed with input from the community to provide a safe connection over the CSX railroad tracks from the nearby neighborhoods to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT).

The bridge design includes wheelchair and bicycle accessible ramps to enhance safety for all users and lighting features to allow for greater visibility. As part of the design a stairway will be placed on the west side of the bridge to provide direct access to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.

For more information and to follow the project’s progress, please visit the project website at rhodeislandavepedbridge.com

To join the project email list or ask questions, please email or dial 202-642-6774.

3/15/2013 Excitement Building for Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Race
Community groups and sponsors are adding to the anticipation for the Third Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, May 11, 2013. Local schools and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation have also indicated their plans to organize DC youth and students to join the run.

The race will be held on the off-road, paved portion of the MBT in northeast DC, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of S Street NE and 4th Street NE and the trail entrance (warm-ups and race day registration start at 8:00 a.m.). The site is readily accessible via the Metro Red Line (NoMa/Gallaudet U station). Participation is expected to near 500 runners this year.

Race co-sponsor DC Road Runners Club, a 501 ©(3) charitable organization which organizes more than 30 races annually in the DC area, will provide online registration, official timing and logistical support. The 5K course is USATF-certified. As a charitable event, proceeds will go to subsidize youth runners and fund other MBT trail/community linkages, such as trail beautification, safety and social recreation.

The first 150 students under the age of 18 who register online will be able to participate without charge. Adults who need assistance with registration fees may contact kellyp@railstotrails.org. To register, and for business sponsorship information, visit: www.gometbranch.com. You can also “Like” MBT5K on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mbt5k.

3/1/1013 New bids solicited for the Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge connecting the Met Branch Trail and adjacent neighborhoods to the Rhode Island Ave Metro station. Bid closing date is March 22, 2013 and construction is expected to take 18 months.

11/2/11 DDOT Announces Solicitation of Bids for Construction of Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Construction of Key Connection to Metropolitan Branch Trail to Begin Next Year
(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced a solicitation of bids for the construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. The bridge links to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and will be a safe passageway for community members who currently use the Rhode Island Avenue underpass, which is narrow and dark, or who cross the active railroad tracks illegally.

Combined with last year’s completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, from New York Avenue to Franklin Street, the bridge will also increase access to transit and recreation for thousands of residents. The truss bridge is designed in the style of an old railroad bridge. The design is the result of unprecedented cooperation among numerous stakeholders including DDOT, WMATA, CSX, utility companies and the community. Following award of a construction contract, work could start sometime next year.

Bids are due December 5, 2011. Bid documents are available at the OCP Bid Room on the 3rd floor of the Reeves Center at 2000 14th Street, NW. For procurement information contact Bernetha Armwood at (202) 671-1563. For technical information contact Mr. Mohamed Dahir at (202) 671-4617.

9/28/11 A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been issued for Phase II (Fort Totten to Takoma) of the Met Branch Trail.

7/14/11 The Final Environmental Assessment (EA) required to continue the sections of the Met Branch Trail from Fort Totten to Takoma (and including the Prince George’s Connector) is available for public review until August 14, 2011. Click here to review.

6/29/2011 You can now become a member of the Met Branch Trail group on Facebook. Click here to learn about events and activities, see photos and join trail-related discussions.

5/14/11 The first annual MBT 5k took place on Saturday, May 14. Hundreds of runners and walkers took to the trail on a rainy Saturday morning. To view race results and photos, visit www.gometbranch.com.

11/1/10 The Environmental Assessment (EA) required to continue the sections of the Met Branch Trail from Fort Totten to Takoma (and including the Prince George’s Connector) is now available for public comment. Click here to review and send your comments (which must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2010).

5/3/10 The trail is now open from Franklin Street to New York Ave. with access points to neighborhoods at Franklin Street, the Rhode Island Ave. Shopping Center, T, S, Randolph and R Streets. A new park at S Street provides a place to lock up your bike, sit on a bench or picnic on the lawn with a lovely view of the National Shrine.

3/29/10 Almost complete! The section of the MBT currently under construction (New York Ave. to Franklin Street) is scheduled to be completed by the first of May. Large retaining walls needed due to steep slopes are being finished and the trail between R Street and New York Ave. is being graded and surfaced (a WMATA easement and permit were received in the Fall). And, another step forward for the pedestrian/bicycle bridge connection to the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station – the WMATA board has approved an easement required for the bridge. The design will be finished within the next few months however additional hurdles in the form of easements and permits remain and could slow the construction start date.