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New Metropolitan Branch Trail Extension
Brookland to Fort Totten Metro

Image of Aerial Photo of Fort Totten Metro Station with commercial trains on both northbound and southbound tracks. Image also features a portion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail located around the outer edge of the Fort Totten Metro Station.

Project Overview

As part of the plan to complete the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will connect Brookland to the Fort Totten Metro Station. This portion of the 10-foot-wide multi-use trail will ease local access between the Fort Totten Metro, Catholic University and the surrounding community. Extending the trail 3,800 linear feet between Brookland and the Fort Totten Metro will make it easier to reach new development and amenities in the Lamond-Riggs community, and other communities such as Catholic University of America, Brookland, Edgewood, Fort Totten, Brightwood Park, Manor Park, and Michigan Park. The Project will also enhance the trail spur through Fort Totten. The MBT project at Fort Totten is a design-build project which will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Project Objectives

The MBT extension between John McCormack Drive NE and 1st Place NE is the next major milestone toward the completion of the planned eight-mile trail between Silver Spring, Maryland and Union Station (District of Columbia).

 Key Trail Features

●       Convenient and safe off-street route for pedestrians and bicyclists traveling through Fort Totten Metro area

●       LED lighting, wayfinding signage and security cameras

●       Permeable pavement and bioretention facilities (similar to rain gardens)

●       Redesigned slope to eliminate current steep climb up to Fort Totten Drive

●       ADA compliant trail connections and pedestrian ramps

●       Staircase with a direct route down to the Metro entrance

●       Rehabilitation of trail spur through Fort Totten Park


Anticipated Project Start: August 2018

Anticipated Project Completion: May 2020




Primary Contact

Nannette Bowles, Project Manager

(202) 497-3953 - mobile


Questions or Comments

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