Last mont the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments annouced that they would be applying for a $19.9 million TIGER grant and once again it would be for bicycle and pedestrian access to transit. In fact the grant for the 2012 cycle is very similar to the one from TIGER III.
The application is similar to the TPB’s $37.8 [million] proposal submitted in October 2011 under the Fiscal Year 2011 round of the TIGER program; however the overall proposal cost is approximately $5.7 million lower than in the previous version while the match amount increased by $3.7 million.
The whole program would spend $32.1 million with the remainder coming from state, local and private money. It includes 20 Capital Bikeshare stations, bike lanes, cycletracks, secure bike parking and trail improvements.
This is at least the 3rd time they've sought money to expand bikeshare and/or improve cycling. Perhaps this is the time we win. Odds are long though. Areas are asking for 20 times more money than is available.
The projects included in the proposal are
- Fort Totten / 1st Place‐Galloway Road Access Improvements - The project will install pavers, secure bicycle parking, and landscaping in and around a new pedestrian plaza as well as install new sidewalks
- Forest Glen Metrorail Access Project - The project will construct a grade‐separated crossing of Georgia Avenue (MD 97) at Forest Glen Road to provide for safer access to the Forest Glen Metrorail station to several communities and Holy Cross Hospital. The crossing will also streamline access to metro to/from these locations for persons using mobility devices. The project will also add ten Capital Bikeshare stations to location around the Metrostation and hospital, complementing the regional bikeshare network.
- Pedestrian Safety Measures for the New Carrollton Metrorail Station - This would implement the recommended improvements from the New Carrollton Interim Pedestrian Safety Improvements study which includes, among other things, bike lanes on 85th Avenue.
- West Hyattsville Metrorail Station Access Improvements - The project will add approximately 500 linear feet of sidewalk along the south side of Jamestown road to improve pedestrian access to the West Hyattsville Metrorail station. A WMATA secure bike parking facility and related identified improvements that connect into the WMATA West Hyattsville Station will be provided. This is one of the recommendations out of the WMATA Bicycle Access Study. The bike parking facility will be located adjacent to station entrance and will have access to the local bike network, including the Anacostia Tributary Trail System. It will be weather protected and security will be maintained by limited access entry system and cameras. This will be similar to the facility being built at College Park.
- Army Navy Drive Multimodal Access Improvements - This project proposes building the region’s first separated two‐way cycle track. While this type of facility is common in other parts of the world, especially in northern Europe, and has some precedent in North America; particularly in Montreal, this would be the first purpose‐built cycle track in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, and the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [WC: Not sure why that wouldn't be 15th Street NW] By narrowing the very wide existing street cross section of Army Navy Drive, space will be created for greatly improved conditions for pedestrians along an improved sidewalk, and a new alignment will be created for a dedicated bicycle facility. This will be done without negatively affecting motor vehicle operations, and while assuring a good fit for the anticipated fixed‐rail streetcar line in the corridor. The anticipated cycle track facility proposed for Army Navy Drive is difficult to implement under existing modal funding in part because it is costly to build in prime urban settings, and in part because there are few precedents in this country fort his type of bicycle accommodation. This will also add 10 Capital Bikeshare stations to the area.
- Rosslyn Circle Crossing Multimodal Access Improvements - The Rosslyn Circle Crossing project component makes significant safety and access improvements to the intersection of N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway (US 29), where the Custis Trail and Mount Vernon Trail meet Metrorail's Rosslyn Station and the Key Bridge into Washington, DC. The project includes pedestrian and bike facility improvements on N. Lynn Street from eastbound Lee Highway to westbound Lee Highway, on the one‐block segment where Lee Highway is bisected by I‐66 and Arlington Gateway Park. This segment of the project will accommodate wider ADA‐compliant sidewalks, improved traffic signals, bike lanes, signage, lighting, landscaping, and the integration of public art. A significant change includes the widening of the east side sidewalk span bridging over I‐66. The project additionally includes bike trail and intersection improvements to westbound Lee Highway from N. Lynn Street to Oak Street, and provides safety improvements to the Custis Bike Trail, changes to traffic lane configurations and the I‐66 exit ramp retaining wall, and commercial driveway improvements and intersection upgrades.
- Bicycle Lockers at Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Stations - The project will install bicycle lockers at the following VRE Stations:
- Broad Run/Airport (Prince William County) - 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity
- Manassas – 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity
- Manassas Park – 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity
- Rolling Road (Fairfax County) – 5 lockers, 10 bike capacity
- Lorton (Fairfax County) – 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity
- Franconia‐Springfield (Fairfax County) – 6 lockers, 12 bike capacity
- Woodbridge (Prince William County) – 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity
- Rippon (Prince William County) – 4 lockers, 8 bike capacity