The completion of the Met Branch Trail, which will be an 8-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland, has long been a goal of the communities it will serve since first being proposed in the late 1980’s. When completed, the trail will offer pedestrians and bicyclists a safe and efficient route through the heart of the District, enhancing connectivity and mobility in Ward 4 and providing a viable alternative to driving.
In 2017, Mayor Bowser and the District Department Of Transportation (DDOT) announced that a design-build contract had been awarded to complete the section of trail between Brookland and Fort Totten. Construction of this long-awaited connection is expected to be complete in early 2019. In Ward 4, DDOT completed the preliminary design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Fort Totten to the Maryland border in December 2016. Throughout 2017, DDOT worked closely with residents and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners on addressing important elements of the trail design and route. DDOT intends to continue work to complete the final design of the trail and advance the project to construction in 2019/2020. Additionally, DDOT has been working closely with residents and the National Park Service (NPS) to reconsider trail alignments on NPS property in the Manor Park neighborhood. DDOT and NPS intend to begin a new Environmental Assessment of the trail alignment between Riggs Road and Oglethorpe in 2018. You can refer to the latest presentation for graphics and other details here: http://metbranchtrail.com/wp-content/uploads/ANC4b_PWI_MetBranch_Jan52018.pdf
Since taking office in 2015, I have remained an ardent supporter of the project, and my support for the expeditious completion of the project remains unwavering. It is my belief that this must be done as quickly as possible. I have asked the DDOT to utilize all available resources at their disposal to ensure this is done, and I look forward to working with ANC 4B, DDOT, and the community on seeing this trail finished and ready for use as soon as possible.