Back in March, there was a post here about work having started on the Hyattsville-Riverdale Park section of the Prince Georges Trolley Trail. I recently noticed that that work was completed and I took a ride on it. Here's what I found.
The Southern Trailhead picks up where the exclusive trolley right-of-way starts. South of here, the old trolley ran on Rhode Island Avenue. Above is the view looking north. All along the trail it uses this railroad turntable symbol, even though I don't think the trolley used a turntable.
Here's the same spot looking south. If there is a weakness in the trail, it's wayfinding. A sign or map here would let people know that it's not far from here to the NW Branch Trail. And an improved connection to that trail would be a nice addition as well. There are bioswales, like the one on the right, and other rainwater retention facilities all along the trail.
At the EYA development along the trail, there is this little dog run.
A power line runs down the center of the right of way at one point. Rather than move it, the trail splits.
At the northern end of this section is another full turntable. It looks like some work is still going on here. At the far end, between the parking lot and the restaurant it serves, cyclists are told to walk their bikes.
This dirt path is a future section that will connect the College Park section with this new one. Part of this gap will be closed with construction of the Whole Foods in the Cafritz project - scheduled to complete next year, but I'm not sure if it will close the whole gap.
At trail intersections, this smaller turntable symbol is used.
At the north end of the EYA project is this playground and it has a connection directly to the trail. The wall separates the area from the railroad tracks, but those who like to watch trains will find the trail a good place to do so.
At the restaurants near the south end, trail users can find some bike parking, and sharows to guide them through the parking lot.