The Greyhound bus station located just north of Union Station, and across the street from the southern terminal of the Met Branch Trail (MBT), closed this week. It would be nice if the new building included an extension of the MBT to K Street.
Currently the MBT ends at L and is connected to the street by stairs. When the plot north of L is developed, a ramp will be built from the terminus to the corner or L and 1st.
A trailhead built at K could have some advantages over one at L. If the trail continued at it's current height across L and then begin a gradual descent down to K it would avoid a switchback. A direct connection to K. Stairs could remain and there still could be stairs to access L, giving two connections instead of 1. And it would create one more grade separated crossing.
If the development that will take place on the plot builds all the way to the railroad tracks, as the building across K Street did, that may preclude a trail extension, but they could limit the lost space by building above the trail (which admittedly would mean the trail would be closed on 3 out of 4 sides). One could say the same of the building north of L street, but it would look weird, so it would make more sense along the railroad than along the street. The greyhound site developers could cut a deal with the north site to take over their obligation in exchange for what it might cost them, and it would reduce the setback from the road for that building. Of course, even better would be two ramps.
There's a lot of reasons to think this won't happen, not least of which is that DDOT has basically already negotiated the current deal, so don't hold your breath, but when the MBT plan was created, no one knew that the the Greyhound station might be demolished. Things might have gone differently had this lot been empty then.