Greenbelt East Trail March 2024 2nd Update

This is our 22st Greenbelt East Trail Newsletter. If you're new to the project, our website for Friends of the Greenbelt East Trail is www.greenbeltnasatrail.org for background info.


Here's the latest news:


  1. MDOT SHA says the Feasibility Studies will be finished by March 22. Hopefully we will be able to distribute the studies before...
  2. Our next call, which will be on March 22nd, from 12pm to 1pm. We will discuss the Feasibility Studies, and possible funding opportunities. Please reply to this email or send a note to info@greenbeltnasatrail.org if you haven't received an invite to the March 22nd call and would like to join.
  3. Prince George's County's Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) has announced a list of 15 projects throughout the county to improve county roads for safer bike riding, walking and transit access. (Nav over to "Selected Projects" to see the full map.)
  4. The map above shows how several of these projects -- along Good Luck Road, Cipriano Road, Prospect Hill Road, and 84th Ave. in Seabrook -- would link up with the proposed Greenbelt East Trail.
  5. What's really important is that the GET would be a key spine of a new network of trails and bike routes in our area, complimenting the Anacostia River Trail System and the hopefully soon to be completed WB&A Trail to Anne Arundel County.
  6. Inside the Beltway and south of Route 50, DPW&T also proposes new bike/walk project on Pennsy Drive. I've been thinking that if SHA could extend the WB&A trail south over the Beltway, using Ardwick Ardmore Road plus Pennsy Drive would be a good connection route to the New Carrolton and Landover Metro Stations. South of 202, it would be great to consider rebuilding Sheriff Road from a 4 lane death road to a 3 lane road with left turn pockets and protected one-way bike lanes (or a 2-way bike trail). That would help further extend the trail network toward DC, and seems more workable than rebuilding the very highway-like Route 704 all the way to DC once inside the Beltway.
  7. MDOT SHA is holding a seminar on federal funding sources that could possibly apply to the GET on Wednesday March 13th, from 10am-2pm, and District 3 Office, MD 201 at Crescent Road in Greenbelt. Here is link to MDOT's funding page.
  8. Here is a link to Friends of the GET's current list of possible funding opportunities. Suggestions? Comments? Deadline Watch? Let us know on info@greenbeltnasatrail.org if you'd like to help us scout for grant funding this year.
  9. We've just started working with two groups of UMD students on two studies relevant to the GET: a user persona analysis focusing on NASA staff, and visualizations of the safety data we gathered last year.
  10. NASA WORKERS! We need volunteers to meet or Zoom with the UMD students to help them learn about NASA commuting patterns. We're also looking just expand our list of NASA staff, either volunteers or not, to make sure everyone is updated on the GET! Just reply to this email or drop us a note at info@greenbeltnasatrail.org
  11. Friends of the GET will be reaching back out to the City of Greenbelt to see if we can get started working on funding opportunities for Sector 1, the section within the Greenbelt city limits, shown just below:

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Our community partners in this effort are the City of Greenbelt, WABA, ATHA, the East Coast Greenway, the Greenbelt Community Development Corp., and the Glenn Dale Citizens Association. Would your company or organization like to help the trail effort? Please use reply to this newsletter or email us at info@greenbeltnasatrail.org for more info. -Jeff

How Can You Help?

Please don't hesitate to reply to this email with info and corrections and ideas! Please forward this newsletter to your friends and encourage them to sign up for these emails too. We will need to reach out to more stakeholders and public officials whose help we will need to make www.GreenbeltNASATrail.org a reality! -Jeff