Category Archives: Met Branch Trail

Met Branch Trail Wayfinding Meeting – Give Your Input For Signage And Other Improvements

Take the MBT right to the REI storeIf you use or have interest in improving the Met Branch Trail, this meeting is for you. The meeting will  be held Thursday July 13th from 5 – 7 pm at Wunder Garten (1101 First Street NE). From the meeting invite:

Join us to discuss wayfinding on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). Effective, well-placed, and visible signage can help promote use of the MBT and improve the way it connects users to adjacent neighborhoods and institutions.

Improvements to MBT wayfinding was recommended by community members participating in the 2015 MBT Safety and Access Study.

In coordination with DDOT, the NoMa Business Improvement District engaged Alta Planning + Design to complete a wayfinding study of the MBT from Union Station to Michigan Avenue. Your input is needed to make sure we get a great product.

Other improvements recommended in the Study that have been implemented to date include:

– signage annoucing the MBT

– new safety mirrors and safety signage along the MBT

– meeting point at M Street ramp

– several new murals along the MBT

Free Yoga On The Met Branch Trail Returns For The Summer

Grab those mats and go!

Here is a great series of events for anyone interested in getting out and getting active. From an email from instructor Crystal Moore:

For the 4th straight year, I am partnering with the DC Road Runners Club to offer a FREE weekly, outdoor community yoga class on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

This All Levels class will accommodate every yogi, from beginner to advanced. We begin at 6:30 PM on Tuesdays after Memorial Day.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 30 through July 25
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Metropolitan Branch Trail
at foot of Rhode Island Ave Pedestrian Bridge

Get more details and sign up for classes here.

Plan For 2 Acre Park Along The Met Branch Trail Is Finalized

Image by NoMa Parks Foundation. via Greater Greater Washington.

We are always happy when we see green spaces preserved or created here in Ward 5. We have been hearing about a park from the  NoMa Parks Foundation coming to the Eckington area along the Met Branch Trail for a couple of years now, and recently learned that the park design is finalized. Brooklanders who use the MBT will be happy to know that the portion near R Street NE will be realigned to soften the sharp curve and eliminate the blind turn. The new park will be located  at Third Street and L Street NE and will have a playground and dog park. For additional details check out this article in Greater Greater Washington. From  the article:

The NoMa Parks Foundation will build the just over two-acre park on the southern half of the empty field next to the MBT, just to the north of New York Avenue NE. The foundation acquired the land from Pepco in early 2016 and hired Nelson Byrd Woltz to design the space that fall.

Thanks to community input in the time since, the lawn, playground, and dog park spaces will be bit bigger than initially planned. The MBT where it passes the park will be wider as well.

The park is expected to open later this year.

Registration Now Open For The Met Branch Trail 5K

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource.  From an email:

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.

WHERE:  The start/finish is at the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center (near the Metro Station and 4th Street, NE).  Race course is along the off-road portion of the MBT.

WHEN:  April 29, race start is 9:00 a.m.  Race day registration and Packet Pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.

COURSE: Flat and fast USATF certified 5K up and down the Met Branch Trail.

Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35).  Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes.  We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.

The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs  alongside the Metro’s Red Line.

DDOT Releases RFP To Extend MBT, Will Connect Brookland And Fort Totten Metro Stops

McCormack Drive (a portion of Met Branch Trail along Catholic U).

Here is some good news for Met Branch Trail enthusiasts. We recently learned that DDOT released a request for proposals to design and build a stretch of the MBT that will connect the Fort Totten Metro to where the trail currently ends on McCormack Drive by the Brookland Metro stop. From the DDOT press release:

The new trail will provide a direct off-street route for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Fort Totten area.

The trail will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. The design-build process will allow for a streamlined final design and construction process. The extension is expected to be complete within 18 months of awarding the contract.

You can read the press release here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Streetlight Upgrade Approved For Met Branch Trail

Take the MBT right to the REI storeHi Readers. News has been pretty sparse going into the new year. But we thought local Met Branch Trail users would be excited by this recent permit approval. From this article in the Washington Business Journal:

Welcome news here for pedestrians and cyclists alike, as a streetlight upgrade is planned for the MBT between Florida Avenue and Franklin Street NE.

Hope all is well and that you and yours enjoy the New Year!

Met Branch Trail Clean Up Saturday With Gearin’ Up Bicycles

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCGearin’ Up Bicycles is hosting a clean up of the Met Branch Trail this Saturday, March 5th, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. From the event page:

Join the Gearheads (our youth MBT rangers) and Americorps NCCC members as they clean up the MBT to prepare for the wonderful spring weather. We will meet at the shop to get equipment then spit into teams and get to making the trail a better place for everyone!

Gearin’ Up Bicylces is located at 314 Randolph Place NE.

DDOT Presents Options To Extend Met Branch Trail

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DCBack in 2012 we wrote about frustrations with delays in  completing the Met Branch Trail, specifically,  connecting the portions that run along the Brookland/CUA Metro with Silver Spring as originally planned. We were excited to learn that DDOT recently hosted a presentation of preliminary designs for the MBT’s remaining sections in DC. For more information, check out this super-detailed story from WashCycle, a cycling advocacy blog. Construction is planned for 2017.