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The Central Avenue Connector Trail Project
View/download Central Avenue Connector Trail Feasibility Study Presentation, June 16, 2015View/download Central Avenue Connector Trail Community Update Meeting Presentation, June 16, 2015
The Central Avenue Corridor is in many ways the heart of Prince George’s County. It is a vital regional arterial, providing a critical link for travel between the east side of downtown Washington, D.C., into Prince George’s County where it connects to FedEx Field, the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495), and ultimately to Anne Arundel County. Sidewalks exist along much of Central Avenue but are narrow without separation from traffic lanes and with little or no landscaping. Opportunities to safely cross the street on foot are few. Neighbors feel that accesses from their homes onto the highway at unsignalized intersecting streets are unsafe.
The Central Avenue Connector Trail was one of the priority projects for the area that was identified by the community through work for the 2014 Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor TOD Implementation Project Mobility Study. Community meetings and workshops, which included residents, community groups, property owners, businesses, and other stakeholders, were held through the Subregion 4 Master Plan process as well as during the Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor Sustainable Communities application.
The Central Avenue Connector Trail will begin just west of the Capitol Heights Metrorail Station, running through a combination of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority right-of-way, neighborhood streets, and existing and planned trail segments before ending at the Largo Town Center Metrorail Station, with connections to the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant and Morgan Boulevard Metrorail Stations along the route. The east-west trail will provide alternate travel routes for pedestrians and bicyclists, enhance access to alternative modes of transportation, and support safety and mobility along the corridor. It will also help to revitalize the surrounding communities by providing infrastructure to support transit-oriented development (TOD). The TOD Implementation Study also notes that similar trail networks have been shown to substantially increase walking and bicycling trips as well as property values.
The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to complete an analysis of the alignment and preliminary design under the Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program. As the connector trail is within the Central Avenue-Metro Blue Line Corridor Sustainable Community, the County will also be dedicating additional resources, investment, and improvements in the area. The FY 2016 Capital Improvement Program funding will support grant applications to allow the future completion of the 30 percent design plans for the connector trail and make the project eligible for future grant applications for construction and maintenance funding.