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Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade

In April 2022, MWCOG awarded the City a  grant to start the process to upgrade the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) to meet current standards for safe, comfortable, and connected bikeways. The $60,000 grant will fund technical assistance for preliminary designs work on the trail. Possible improvements could include resurfacing and widening the trail, adding lighting for evening riding, creating new pedestrian crossings to nearby parks and community institutions, and more!

Current Project Status

On September 14, 2023, the City was awarded a new grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program for the Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade of $465,000 for the design of the project. This grant will allow the City to complete the design and then seek construction funds.


We are excited to share the finalized Preliminary (30%) Designs for the Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade. The designs will be presented during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 12. The designs were created by the firm Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (RK&K), with the input from community members, city, and county staff. To get to the construction phase, the City is looking into funding options to complete semi-final (60%) and final (100%) designs. Additional community engagement will occur during those stages.

Capital Bikeshare bike on a curve of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
About the Metropolitan Branch Trail

Commonly referred to as the “Met Branch Trail”,  the partially completed trail uses rail right-of-way to create a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path. When complete, the Metropolitan Branch Trail will be an 8.5-mile multi-use trail from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Maryland’s Silver Spring transit hub.

The City of Takoma Park is responsible for the care and maintenance of 0.45 miles of the MBT, running along Takoma Ave and Albany Ave, between DC and Silver Spring. In 2003, this half-mile stretch became one of the first alignments of the MBT. Today, the trail looks similar to how it did nearly two decades ago, but time has revealed the design to be inadequate and the condition of the trail to be deteriorating.

Learn more about the District Dept. of Transportation’s efforts to continue the MBT to the south:

Learn more about Montgomery County Dept. or Transportation’s efforts to continue the MBT to the north:

Map of Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade Project Area

Project Lead

Alex Freedman
Phone: 301-891-7119

Yard Sign with Information about a Survey for the Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade Project


Project Timeline

  • July 12, 2023
    City Council presentation on finalized preliminary (30%) designs
  • Spring 2023
    Update and finalize designs based on feedback
  • March 2, 2023
    Virtual Community Meeting to Review Initial Concept Designs
  • December 10, 2022
    Community route walk and ride for preliminary input
  • Fall -Winter  2023
    Site Analysis and Community Engagement Process
  • September 2022
    Project Kick-off
  • May – September 2022
    Project Contractor Selection Process
  • April 2022
    MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant Awarded for Preliminary (30%) Design for Section A

Metropolitan Branch Trail Upgrade Sections