Re: WashCycle: A time-line of the Metropolitan Branch Trail
- Thank you for the timeline. My memory is hazy, but I may have been one of the 11 cyclists who first rode the route with Pat Hare. It has been a while. Without Pat's energy & vision it never would have happened.
I think I am the one who came up with the name, after having read a book on the history of the B&O Railroad. The railroad (now CSX), called that line the "Metropolitan Branch," later "Metropolitan Sub[division]." It was called a "branch" line because the main line went directly west from Baltimore toward Harpers Ferry. Metropolitan Ave. is also the name of a road in Kensington, which runs along the tracks.
After 20 years, I got to ride it last week!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Stephen Miller" <stephen@...> wrote:
> A time-line of the Metropolitan Branch Trail
> I thought it might be instructive to create a time-line for the
> Metropolitan Branch Trail, both past and present, to give an idea of how
> much has been done and how much there is to do. This is a pretty
> complicated project with many moving parts including DC, Montgomery
> County, PG County, CSX, WMATA, PEPCO, Catholic University and other
> private land owners. A project like that takes a while to finish.
> 1988 - The idea is conceived and pitched by Brookland resident and
> planner Patrick Hare
> <http://www.metbranchtrail.com/Documents/1DraftChapter1.pdf> .
> 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.
> 2003 - Bike lanes painted on 1st St NE from G St to K St. 2004 - The New
> York Avenue Metro Stationopened
> 3182> 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.
> 2010 - Prince Georges County Connector in Avondale
> ch-trail.html> , MD from the DC/MD line to 19th Avenue opened. A 1.5
> mile section
> ay-may-3rd.html> of the trail rom New York Ave to Franklin Street
> Fall 2010 - Completion of the Rhode Island Avenue Bridge design. Design
> ml> of the trail from Michigan Avenue to 1st St, NE.
> Spring 2011 - Work begins on the Art Walk development
> ed.html> and with it a one block section of the trail between Monroe
> Ave and the CUA Metro.
> Spring or summer 2011 - Completion of the Silver Spring Transit Center
> <http://www.gazette.net/stories/03102010/silvnew190050_32549.php> . 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
> Fall 2011 - Rhode Island Avenue Bridge
> <http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=6077> 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
> -forward.html> of the Montgomery County Section, from the Silver Spring
> Transit Center to Georgia Avenue - including the bridge over Georgia
> 2019 - Completion of phase 2 of the Montgomery County Section, from
> Georgia Avenue to Montgomery College
> Indefinite hold
> nite-hold.html> - Prince Georges County Connector from 19th Ave to
> Chillum Road
> TBD - Construction of section from Michigan Avenue to Fort Totten
> TBD - Design and Construction of the 1st St, NE to DC-MD line section
> TBD - Design and Construction of the PG County Connector from South
> Dakota Avenue to the DC/MD line
> TBD - 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). Crossposted at the Washcycle
> Posted by washcycle on August 27, 2010 in Metropolitan Branch Trail
> (MBT) <http://www.thewashcycle.com/metropolitan_branch_trail/> |
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