Government officials adopt plan to expand Washington region trail network to 1,400 miles

The region’s top transportation board has endorsed a proposal for a network of trails stretching across the greater Washington region, from Frederick, Md., to Prince William County, Va., that would expand the amount of off-road bicycle and pedestrian pathways to 1,400 miles.

The extensive trail system would more than double the size of the existing network by adding 755 miles to the current 645 miles of trails, improving connectivity between neighborhoods and public transit, commercial districts and jobs.

Once the expansion is completed, more than 4 million people in the Washington region will have access to trails within a half a mile of their home. Trails would also be within reach of more than 2.5 million jobs and 136 of the region’s residential and business centers.

The 1,400-mile trail expands upon the vision laid out by the Capital Trails Coalition, a group of more than 60 nonprofits, business and government agencies that have been pushing for a connected multi-use trail system.

Having a complete interconnected network where you can get onto a low-stress facility within relatively short distance from your home and go to almost everywhere in the region will be really transformative.

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