The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved funding this week for nine technical assistance projects that will promote access to transit, support better pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and foster transit-oriented development throughout the region. Of these, 7 include bicycle relevant elements. Update: the list previously given was from 2013. I apologize. Full refund for everyone. The Central Avenue Connector Trail in PG County would make a nice complement to the Marvin Gaye Park Trail (nee Watts Branch).
City of College Park – Complete and Green Streets Policy and Implementation Study ($30,000) The City of College Park requests assistance to draft an implementation study for complete and green streets, with a prioritized list and cost estimates of improvements. The consultant will work with city staff to review existing citywide plans, conditions and recommendations, develop citywide strategies and priorities and prepare a map depicting the target areas for improvement. The plan will help College Park realize its goals in environmental sustainability, promote mixed-use, compact development along Route 1 and at the College Park Metro Station. The study will complement existing city projects with private partners on stormwater management and low impact development.
Montgomery County – Creating Placemaking Non-Auto Infrastructure in the Life Sciences Center ($60,000)
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission requests assistance in planning the design and coordination of the Life Sciences Center Loop trail system. The trail will serve as a place making feature for the Life Sciences Center and link to the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway in Montgomery County. The final product will be a policy guide to help the County coordinate the participation of public and private partners, and a unique trail system and design. The trail is an identified project in the larger Great Seneca Science Center master plan, which requires development to make contributions towards non-auto driver mode share goals.
Prince George’s County – Central Avenue Connector Trail Implementation Study ($30,000)
The Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission requests assistance to complete an implementation study on an east-west trail in the Central Ave/Blue Line Corridor. The Route would begin just east of the D.C. boundary and Capitol Heights Metro Station, continuing along residential streets and existing and planned WMATA right of way before ending at the Largo Metro Station, with connections to the Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard stations. The study will help identify preferred and alternative alignments, short- and long-term projects, and opportunities for redevelopment and CIP projects.
Prince George’s County – Town of Upper Marlboro Bicycle and Pedestrian Study ($30,000)
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission requests assistance to complete a transportation study addressing bicycle and pedestrian access and connectivity for residents and workers in the Town of Upper Marlboro, the seat of government for Prince George’s County. Although the town has a population of about 600 residents, 5,000-6,000 people commute to Upper Marlboro daily for work in government and related services. The final product will include the creation of a prioritized list of transportation improvements with cost estimates for the town, a review of best engineering practices for trails in flood prone areas, and next steps to seek funding and permitting for high priority projects.
Arlington County – Sycamore Street Metro Station Area Complete Streets Design ($80,000)
30% Design Project Arlington County requests design assistance to create a “complete streets” design addressing safety, accessibility, and multimodal connections along North Sycamore Street to the East Falls Church Metro Station, which will be the new transfer point for Orange and Silver Line trains. The project will focus on four intersections along North Sycamore. The redesigned street will have improved connections for cyclists and pedestrians, and provide a model for adapting suburban-style Metro stations to changes in the system.
Arlington County – Lee Highway Multimodal Needs Assessment ($30,000)
Arlington County seeks to create a transportation plan that identifies short-term improvements in the Lee Highway corridor between East Falls Church and Rosslyn. The County has identified Lee Highway as the last mixed-use corridor in Arlington County that has not undergone a comprehensive planning effort. The results of this project will allow the County to document existing conditions along the corridor and create an inventory of projects to be completed.
City of Fairfax – Old Lee Highway “Great Street Multimodal Planning ($60,000)
The City of Fairfax requests assistance to complete a planning process to turn the existing two-lane Old Lee Highway into a “Great Street.” Old Lee connects Old Town Fairfax with Fairfax Boulevard and the Vienna Metrorail station. The project will include a review of existing transportation studies of the Old Lee Corridor, gathering input from the public, creating a conceptual plan, and presenting the results to the City Council.