8th Street Bike Facility
One of the more interesting ideas was the addition of a bike facility, either a 10' wide side path or an 8' wide bi-directional protected bike lane, to 8th Street. Currently the trail moves on-road here along sharrowed lanes.
The lights on the Met Branch Trail, and their poor reliability, have been an issue for some time. The BID proposes replacing them with new fixtures (at no cost) or with electric-powered, as opposed to solar, lights (which would be much more expensive). They also propose transferring maintenance of the lights on WMATA property from DDOT (which is their responsibility, but which is not included in the current contract) to the NoMa BID or another non-profit.
Though not without concern - cost being the top of the list - they recommend continuing to pursue the installation of police call boxes along the trail
They also recommend adding security cameras to the trail (at locations seen in the image at right), but recognize that locations for mounting and funding are issues that need to be addressed.
These were mentioned and rendered in the previous post on this, but the BID recommends adding mile markers to the trail or to markers along side it.
Conflict zone painting
Trail users complain about the difficulty of merging users at different speeds at places like Florida Avenue, N Street and the Rhode Island Avenue Ped Bridge. Pavement markings could be used to warn trail users and "joiners" and mark zones of conflict. Also a center line indicator could help.
New York Avenue Park
Though not much of a Park, the park just south of New York Avenue would do the best it could with what it has. Artistic lights under the bridge, a bench and some landscaping.