Updates

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.

10/16/09 The trail from New York Ave. to Franklin Street is currently under construction. The segment from Franklin Street to the Rhode Island Shopping Center is open for use (however, in a few weeks we will install the landscaping and then put up the fencing and another layer of asphalt). The segment from the Shopping Center to R Street is partially paved, but full paving is awaiting the completion of a few retaining walls which are currently under construction. The segment from New York Ave. to R Street is pending finalization of a permit from WMATA.

8/6/09 DC’s young people and public artists are transforming the Metropolitan Branch Trail into a fine art space. This summer, 45 young people and six artists, sponsored by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities Summer Youth Employment Program and directed by Albus Cavus, are creating a mural along the trail that is larger than a football field. The mural wall has been primed and grided and work on the mural itself should begin within the week.

8/1/09 Another important piece of the Metropolitan Branch Trail(MBT) is being built! The new 1.5 mile section – from New York Ave. to Franklin Street – will allow pedestrians and bikers to avoid 18 lanes of heavily traveled roadway (Florida, New York and Rhode Island Avenues). Currently, most of site the has been cleared and the retaining wall for the ramp at Franklin Street is being built.