UPDATE: As DDOT continues to keep silent on the matter, we are left with speculation on what happened to cause this huge delay to the project (Spring ’10). Read two different explanations: a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy representative commented to this post here and the WashCycle commented to its own post here.
Having sailed by the July 22 contract deadline, and offering no reasons to the public for the delay, DDOT may have to finally fess up if the Trail gets delayed until Spring 2010!
The issue? Not securing right-of-way permits from WMATA for the section of the Trail from R ST NE to the New York Ave Bridge. DDOT cannot push blame onto a huge private entity like Pepco this time. No, this is an issue between two neighboring government agencies–one that DDOT should have addressed long ago and one it had experience with when the original segment of the Trail was constructed on WMATA right-of-way in 2003.
So what will that leave us with?
- A trail that connects Franklin St to R St and a Trail that connects New York Ave Bridge to L St.
- No trail access to either the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station or New York Ave Metro Station by the residents of Eckington or Edgewood.
I have hesitated asking for a “call to action” for the MBT’s incessant delays over the few years I have written this blog, but I feel now may be the time to try to seek help from fellow residents concerned about this trend.
To contact the Mayor’s office, via his chief of staff, Carrie Kohns, call (202.724.8815) or email her and the DDOT representatives your concerns. At a minimum, DDOT should provide a temporary path connecting the Trail’s R ST and New York Ave Bridge terminus so that its provides safe, off-street pedestrian and cycling access from the neighborhoods to the New York Ave Metro Station.