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Following the route of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Metropolitan Branch rail line, the Met Branch Trail is a busy urban rail-with-trail that shares a corridor with Metro's Red Line, MARC commuter service, CSX freight trains and Amtrak. Currently, the trail is a mix of on-road and off-road facilities.
Beginning at Union Station with a wide sidepath along 2nd Street, NE, the trail becomes an off-road pathway for 1.5 miles between L Street, NE, and Franklin Street. Via grade-separated crossings of Rhode Island, New York and Florida avenues, this section of the trail provides a link between many of Northeast D.C.'s neighborhoods, including Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood and NoMa.
Continuing north, the trail is routed on 8th Street, NE, and along a sidepath on John McCormack Road near Catholic University. From here, the Met Branch follows a signed on-street bike route to Takoma Park, where a small section of off-road trail crosses the border between the District and Maryland.
Future plans call for the replacement of portions of the current on-street route with an off-road trail, as well as a direct connection with an extended Capital Crescent Trail in Silver Spring. The trail will be 8 miles when complete.
The Met Branch Trail is accessible via the Union Station, NoMa, Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Takoma Metro stations.
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