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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CSX Holding up Pedestrian Bridge in Edgewood

CSX is holding up the building of the pedestrian bridge in Edgewood from the Met Branch Trail to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station.  Last year I wrote about the planned bridge to improve safety and access to the metro station from Edgewood.  Here is a link that shows the plans for the bridge and all the reasons that it is desperately needed!  I wrote about the number of people that would dangerously cross the railroad tracks and get stuck in the barbwire cutting themselves.  I have written multiple times about how the narrow sidewalks under the bridge and the decrepit staircase to the metro are dangerous for pedestrians. 

The major hurdles such as designing the bridge, WMATA easements and funding are already accomplished leaving CSX as the last hurdle before DDOT can move the project forward.  CSX must grant DC air rights to the space above their railroad tracks in order for the bridge to be built.  CSX was very quick to erect prison-style chainlink and barbwire fencing around the tracks after the completion of the Met Branch Trail in Edgewood.  Why now when there is a safer, more attractive alternative to crossing the tracks are they dragging their feet?

We must put pressure on them to move the project forward!!  I have been emailing Harry Thomas Jr. and his staff about this for years now and have decided to move on to Tommy Wells to try and get this accomplished.  Please email, tweet and call them both until something is done.  The more voices and reminders the better!

Here is the contact information that you will need:

Harry Thomas, Jr., Ward 5
Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 107, NW Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 724-8028
Fax: (202) 724-8076

Key Staff

Ayawna Chase
Chief of Staff

James Pittman
Legislative Counsel
(202) 724-8114

Victoria Leonard - Chambers
Director, Policy and Strategic Communication
(202) 727-8204

Neil Rodgers
Committee Clerk
(202) 724-8155

Marjorie Barnes
Administrative Assistant
(202) 724-8028

Monique Smith
(202) 724-8918

Tommy Wells, Ward 6
Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 408, NW Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 724-8072
Fax: (202) 724-8054

Key Staff

Charles Allen
Chief of Staff

Myisha Atchison
Administrative Assistant / Scheduler

Linda O’Brien
Deputy Chief of Staff

Daniel Connor
Policy Specialist

Bonnie Cain
Policy Advisor for Education
(202) 724-8072

Tawanna Shuford
Director of Constituent Services
(202) 724-8072

Naomi Mitchell
Community Liaison

Pat Joseph
Constituent Services Specialist

Jonathon Kass
Committee Director

Brian Davidson
Intern, Policy and Legislation

Anne Phelps
Committee Counsel

Vivian McCarter
Constituent Services Specialist

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