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Design ideas for three-mile Palisades Trolley Trail to be discussed at July 23 meeting

D.C. transportation officials say they will hold focus groups on the project

Palisades Trolley Trail study area
District Department of Transportation

Next Tuesday, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its second public meeting on the Palisades Trolley Trail project, a roughly three-mile planned trail for cyclists and pedestrians along the Potomac River. The meeting will feature “focus group discussions on preliminary findings and design ideas for the trail, including rehabilitation of the Foundry Trestle Bridge,” DDOT says in a release. The bridge is unused and may be razed or preserved.

The trail would be built on top of what used to be the Glen Echo Trolley line, an old streetcar line between Georgetown and Glen Echo Park, in Maryland. Now, the area is overgrown and somewhat inaccessible. DDOT’s meeting is scheduled to take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 3240 O Street NW. “The project will include an assessment of effects on historical and cultural resources in accordance with the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA),” according to the department.

An earlier public meeting on the project was held March 7. A final report on the feasibility study currently underway is expected to be completed next month, D.C. officials have said.