I went to the TIP meeting. I'm not sure how useful it was. The presenters definitely seemed to be going through the motions. Like they were legally required to do this, so they were doing it. I had to ask about six questions to even determine what the point was.
Basically the TIP is a list of everything the Washington Metropolitan region is thinking about doing for the next six years. This was a DC meeting so the list was only of DC programs. The list they gave me isn't available online, this is because - they said - it changes too often. We're all familiar with how the internet is incapable of handling a dynamic system.
Anyway the point of the meeting was to allow us to express opinions about things we thought were left off, included that shouldn't be, or planned too soon or too late. I made a few comments (mostly things they need to add), but here, from the copy I was given, is a list of transportation items that could impact cyclists. They're listed by the year in which they begin funding.
Presently Funded (includes areas outside of DC)
- Great Streets (Benning Road, Georgia Ave, H St, MLK Ave, Minnesota Ave, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Pennsylvania Ave SE) - redesign and rebuild of streets includes bike lanes
- Klingle Road Reconstruction - Not sure if this is old, or now it applies to the trail
- Middle Anacostia River Crossing Study - includes bike improvements
- Garfield Park-Canal Park Connector
- 14th Street Bridge Rehab - There's no detail on this, so it may not improve the bike facility at all
- BRAC intersections near Naval Medical Branch - Bicycle facilities where appropriate
- MD-97, Georgia Ave - wide curb lanes to accommodate bicycles
- Silver Spring Green Trail
Starting in 2009 - Note: most items stretch over many years, I'm only including their first mention
- Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
- Kenilworth Avenue bike improvements
- Water Coach - if bikes are allowed
- Metropolitan Branch Trail
- Oxen Run Trail restoration
- Rock Creek Park Trail restoration - widen trail, new trail along P Street
- Upper Rock Creek Trail study - study extending trail from Broad Branch Rd to Maryland
- 11th Street Bridge Reconstruction
- South Capitol Street Corridor - includes a 12' path along MLK and bicycle improvements
- Study feasibility of trail through Congressional Cemetery to ART
- Safe Routes to School
- Bicycling and Walking Encouragement Campaign
Starting in 2011
- Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Rehabilitation - includes bike lanes
Two big things I learned that have nothing/little to do with biking
1. WMATA built 600 feet of a pedestrian tunnel from near the kiosk at the 1st street Union Station Metrorail Station entrance toward H Street. The tunnel was never completed. DDOT has $2 million set aside to complete the tunnel but needs to work out indemnification agreements with Amtrak first. This is scheduled for 2012.
2. The railroad bridge over Kenilworth Avenue to the PEPCO plant is scheduled for demolition in 2012. It's listed here as abandoned - though I've seen CSX railroad cars parked on it before. I wonder if it can be recycled as a bike/ped bridge somewhere a. la the old Sauvie Island Bridge? And if so, where?
Photo by Joe in DC