This is the ninth project on my 12-item Christmas wish list for DC biking projects.
#9 Opening the New York Avenue Metro station section of the MBT
Cost: paid for
Status: Paperwork signed and waiting on spring for construction
Probability: Pretty much a done deal.
In late October...the city finally received permission to extend the trail about 1,200 feet from its tail-end adjacent to the New York Avenue Metro Station to R Street NE in Eckington. But now that winter is approaching the paving might not commence until spring.
It's about time. The 2500 foot section that now exists opened over a year ago and then immediately closed. This next piece will make the whole thing bikable, open it up and allow one to avoid the traffic on Florida and New York Avenues. Then there's this to look forward to:
Next on the Met Branch Trail agenda is an extension from R Street to Franklin Street in Brookland. This section will include a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks connecting the trail to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.