Transportation Alternatives is the consolidated program in the latest federal transportation law, MAP-21, that funds expanded travel choices like bicycling and walking, or that make other enhancements like mitigating the environmental impacts of transportation facilities. The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is the entity tasked with allotting this money in the DC Region. Last month they made their selections. Of the 15 projects selected a few will aid cyclists
- In the District of Columbia, the National Park Service will use Transportation Alternatives funds to widen and repave the bicycle and pedestrian trail that connects the 14th Street Bridge with East Basin Drive in front of the Jefferson Memorial. The park service will also install safety rails and add new signage to help tourists and commuters find their way to key destinations. The project will add safety enhancements, increase the width of crosswalk ramps, relocate utilities and signage from within the trail alignment.
- The City of Takoma Park, in Maryland, will receive funding to widen sidewalks, add bike lanes, and install new pedestrian lighting along MD 410 near the intersection with New Hampshire Avenue.
- Improvements to the Mount Vernon Trail at Theodore Roosevelt Island Trailhead. Realign and widen the northern terminus of the Mount Vernon Trail, resurface the trailhead parking lot; separate the trail from the parking lot with a grade separation; and install bike racks, directional and interpretive signage, and water fountains. The goal of the project is to improve trail user safety through improvements to the Mount Vernon Trail trailhead, which is the convergence of several significant regional trails.
- Fairfax County will receive funding to install bike stations and operating hardware to support the expansion of Capital Bikeshare to Reston, which the County hopes will give people more options for accessing Metrorail stations along the planned Silver Line.
- Fairfax Mason to Metro Bicycle Route. Develop a backbone bicycle route through the City and into Fairfax County to connect George Mason University with the Vienna Metrorail Station. The project aims to increase and improve bicycle and pedestrian travel between major hubs of activity in the City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, and George Mason University.
- Pickett Road Trail Underpass. Install a 12 foot wide concrete trail under the existing Pickett Road bridge over Accotink Creek, and construct asphalt trail segments to connect the underpass to the existing City of Fairfax trail system. Install two culverts to convey existing storm drainage outfalls under the proposed trail, and install wayfinding signage.
- Cross County Trail - Lorton. The proposed section of the Cross County Trail in Lorton will traverse the Lorton Arts Foundation property and connect Occoquan Regional Park and the Laurel Hill Greenway
- Town of Haymarket Route 55 Washington Street Enhancement Project. The project will provide 5-foot on-street bike lanes and 5-foot brick sidewalks on each side of the road. The project extends the bike lanes and brick sidewalks that are already available in the center of Town out toward the housing developments on the east side of the Town.