The Prince George's County proposed 2011 Priority Projects list for the FY 2011-16 state Consolidated Transportation Program was recently released and it includes a list of 18 trail projects. Now as the letter from County Executive Baker points out, there have been a lot of budget cuts and deferrels so none of these projects are a sure thing to be built - or even designed - any time soon. Other projects, like the WB&A bridge over the Patuxent River still need to negotiate land deals before any construction can begin. Nonetheless, below the fold is a map of the proposed trails. The green lines represent so-called "on-road" trails (which is sort of an oxymoron), and the purple lines are park trails. This network would make my commute easier.
One trail that shows up on both lists is the Bowie Heritage Trail. This trail would connect the WB&A trail, Bowie the MARC station and Bowie State together. There would also be a spur to a proposed town center development. The trail would really tie together Bowie's railroad history, from the old electric rail line east of town, to the historic railroad museum and the current Marc station it would run alongside the current rail lines for much of the way. A screenshot from the Toole Design presentation is above.
Other trails included on the list are the Potomac Heritage Trail, MD-193, Oxon Hill Road, US 1 in College Park, MD-233, from the New Carrollton Metro to Seabrook, bike lanes on MD-450 east of the BW Parkway, the Prince George's County Connector, Folly Branch Trail, Piscataway Creek Trail, Oxon Run Trail and extentions of the Trolley Trail, Paint Branch Trail, Henson Creek Trail and the WB&A (both north and south of what currently exists from one end of the county to the other).
It will be fantastic - if they ever get it all done.