About The Trail

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is an 8-mile trail that runs from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Maryland. Running alongside the Metro’s Red Line, the trail passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods as well as connecting to the National Mall.

The MBT is a work in progress and currently consists of a mix of on-road and off-road facilities.

  • In early 2015 a pedestrian bridge was completed that links the trail to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.  Information about the Pedestrian Bridge Project is available at rhodeislandavepedbridge.com.
  • During 2014, new sections of cycletrack connected the bicycle ramp at the NoMa Metro station to M Street NE and continuing onto First Street NE, near Union Station.
  • In 2013, a section of the trail was completed behind the new Monroe Street Market from Monroe Street NE to the Brookland/CUA Metro Station at the Catholic University entrance.
  • In May 2010, a new section of the trail – 1.5 miles from Franklin Street NE to L Street NE – opened, connecting Brookland, Edgewood and Eckington to NoMa and downtown D.C.  In May 2011, community volunteers organized the first annual MBT 5K Run/Walk on this new section.  The mission of the MBT 5K continues to be the further integration of the MBT into the community by raising awareness about the trail and promoting its use.

Within D.C., the trail is managed by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

If you are interested in staying involved with the MBT community, join the Yahoo! Group dedicated to trail users or the Facebook MBT Group.

To learn more about the MBT:

Official MBT website

Met Branch Trail listserv

MBT Wikipedia entry

Posts about the MBT on TheWashCycle

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s MBT work

Washington Area Bicyclist Association