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Description

This project provides for the design, land acquisition, utility relocations, and construction of the 0.6 mile segment of the trail in Montgomery County between the end of the existing trail in Takoma Park and the Silver Spring Transit Center. The trail will be designed to be 8 feet to 12 feet in width. The construction will be performed in three phases: the initial phase will construct the trail segment along Fenton Street and King Street; the second phase will extend the trail to Georgia Avenue; the final phase will construct a new bridge over Georgia Avenue and extend the trail to Ripley Street. Two sections of the trail north of the B&O train station will be constructed by a developer during the development of the new Progress Place and the redevelopment of the existing Progress Place sites. This project's scope of work includes connecting the two developer installed trail segments and widening the existing section at Ripley Street. Construction of Phase II-A will be from Ripley Street to Burlington Avenue, including the bridge over Georgia Avenue. A sidepath along Burtlington Avenue from Selim Road to Fenton Street will be designed under CIP 501532, Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Area Improvements (BiPPA). This is done to preserve continuity in design and construction of the Burlington Avenue/13th Street BiPPA project.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$20.66M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10.42M 6 Year Total
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Schedule delays due to delayed approval from WMATA, CSX, and MPI. Phase I construction was completed in 2018. Phase II design and property acquisition was completed in FY22. Utility relocations to start and end in summer 2025. Construction of Phase II-A is expected to commence in winter FY24 and will be completed in 18 months.
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Cost Change

Scope modified to eliminate underpass at Burlington Avenue due to fiscal constraints and opportunity to leverage new County Trail Connections.
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Justification

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is to be part of a larger system of trails to enable non-motorized travel around the Washington region. The overall goal for these trails is to create a bicycle beltway that links Union Station and the Mall in Washington, D.C. to Takoma Park, Silver Spring, and Bethesda in Maryland. The trail will serve pedestrians, bicyclists, joggers, and skaters, and will be Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) accessible. Plans & Studies: 2000 Silver Spring Central Business District Sector Plan. Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
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Other

The initial design for the project was funded through Facility Planning: Transportation (CIP#509337). The expenditures reflect the previously approved FY13-18 alignment over Georgia Avenue, which provides a crossing that is safe, cost-effective, and has a more limited visual impact than other proposed alternatives. This project will be coordinated with the redevelopment of Progress Place and other construction activity in the Ripley district of Silver Spring to minimize impacts to surrounding property owners. The project will help the County achieve its Vision Zero goals to reduce deaths and serious injuries on County Roadways to zero by 2030.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.
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Coordination

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, CSX-Transportation, Maryland DOT State Highway Administration, Montgomery College, Maryland Historical Trust, Purple Line Project, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Special Capital Projects Legislation was enacted on June 23, 2015 and signed into law on July 6, 2015 (Bill No. 29-15).
Budget Snapshot
$20.66M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10.42M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501110
Date Last Modified01/07/24
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryPedestrian Facilities/Bikeways
Planning AreaSilver Spring and Vicinity
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision7536469579720441008103600000
Land146768877900000000
Site Improvements and Utilities9419466466466000000
Construction10718825198179124104380800000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures2066262174023104225578484400000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
G.O. Bonds1780533604023104225578484400000
Impact Tax28572857000000000
Total Funding Sources2066262174023104225578484400000
OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT ($000s)
Impact TypeTotal 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30
Maintenance40--10101010
Energy8--2222
NET IMPACT48--12121212
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request0
Year First AppropriationFY11
Appropriation FY 26 Request0
Last FY's Cost Estimate20662
Cumulative Appropriation20662
Expenditure / Encumbrances14125
Unencumbered Balance6537