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.
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 Station opened 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.
Fall 2010 - Completion of the Rhode Island Avenue Bridge design. Design begins of the trail from Michigan Avenue to 1st St, NE.
Spring 2011 - Work begins on the Art Walk development 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. 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 center.
Fall 2011 - Rhode Island Avenue Bridge 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 of the Montgomery County Section, from the Silver Spring Transit Center to Georgia Avenue - including the bridge over Georgia Avenue
2019 - Completion of phase 2 of the Montgomery County Section, from Georgia Avenue to Montgomery College
Indefinite hold - 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).