A timeline of the Metropolitan Branch Trail
I thought it might be instructive to create a timeline for the Metropolitan Branch Trail, both past and present, to give an idea of how much has been done and how much there is left to do.
This is a pretty complicated project with many moving parts including DC, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, CSX, WMATA, PEPCO, Catholic University and other private land owners involved. A project like that takes a while to finish.
1989: The first exploratory ride was held.
1997: The DC Department of Public Works completed an engineering feasibility study.
1998: Congress allocated $8.5 million in demonstration project money to fund the trail.
1999: WABA published the concept plan for the trail. A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held. The first section of the trail, a one mile long side-path along John McCormack Dr NE, was built.
2001: WABA published a study describing the necessary acquisitions needed for the trail.
2002: WMATA agreed to build a section of the trail as part of the New York Avenue Metro Station project. M-NCPPC completed a feasibility study and concept plan of the Maryland section of the trail.
2005 DDOT concept plan map. Click to enlarge.
2004: The New York Avenue Metro Station opened with 2000 feet of trail. A half mile of the trail was built, unpaved, in Takoma Park, MD along Takoma Avenue and Fenton Street. A bridge over the railroad tracks to Jessup Blair Park was built.
2005: DDOT completed a comprehensive concept plan.
2006: Takoma Park trail section is paved.
2008: Stairs from the New York Avenue Metro Station section to L Street NE, a sidepath section of the trail under the tracks along L Street NE and along a three-block portion of 2nd Street NE were completed.
2011: Spring: Work begins on the Art Walk development and with it a one block section of the trail between Monroe Ave and the CUA Metro.
Spring or summer: Completion of the Silver Spring Transit Center. This includes the northern trailhead and a temporary section of the trail. The section will be finalized when the Purple line is built through the center.
Fall: Rhode Island Avenue Bridge to open.
2013: Completion of the Transportation Access Improvements for 1st Place and Galloway Street, NE. This will include a section of the Met Branch Trail to Riggs Road, and the Prince Georges County Connector to South Dakota Avenue.
2016: Completion of phase 1 of the Montgomery County Section, from the Silver Spring Transit Center to Georgia Avenue - including the bridge over Georgia Avenue.
2019: Completion of phase 2 of the Montgomery County Section, from Georgia Avenue to Montgomery College.
On indefinite hold: Prince Georges County Connector from 19th Ave to Chillum Road.
- Construction of the section from Michigan Avenue to Fort Totten.
- Design and construction of the 1st St, NE to DC-MD line section.
- Design and construction of the PG County Connector from South Dakota Avenue to the DC/MD line.
- Ramp built from 1st St NE to trail above L Street. This is dependent on construction beginning on a building to replace the parking lot at the NE corner of 1st and L.
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