Improving the Trolley Trail

MCDOT is working on a project to improve the Trolley Trail. The goals are:

  • Explore alignment alternatives to expand the Bethesda Trolley Trail (BTT) and develop a wayfinding plan to connect to regional trails and neighborhoods.
  • Evaluate existing and proposed off-road and on-road bicycle facilities between Edson Ln and Woodglen Dr to Twinbrook Metro station.
  • Identify gaps in the overall bicycle network in North Bethesda.
  • Engage major stakeholders and community members to gather feedback

Read the full report by clicking here.

The next steps are:

  • Review Relevant Previous Plan & Studies (May 2022)
  • Existing Conditions Analysis (May 2022)
  • First Public Meeting (July 2022)

Another Pedestrian Safety Addition to the Pike District!

Thanks to community activism from Action Committee for Transit, Friends of White Flint, and Councilmember Andrew Friedson, we received word Friday from MCDOT Traffic Engineering that they will be converting the existing flashers at the Bethesda Trolley Trail crossing of Tuckerman Lane to a full pedestrian hybrid beacon that includes a solid red light signal phase. The signal is in design now and MCDOT expects it to be up and operational by the end of the year.

We only wish it did not require a tragedy and death for our community to receive this essential pedestrian improvement.

Potential good news about the intersection of the Trolley Trail and Tuckerman

Councilmember Andrew Friedson has requested that MCDOT Traffic Engineering and Operations evaluate safety upgrades including a pedestrian-activated HAWK signal that goes full red, at the intersection of the Trolley Trail and Tuckerman Lane. You may recall that a pedestrian tragically died at this intersection last month.

Councilmember Friedson also asked MCDOT to investigate any other safety improvements along the Tuckerman corridor. MCDOT Engineer Vincent Subramaniam confirmed they will start evaluating it, which typically takes sixty days before they present findings and recommendations.

Woodglen Drive Bikeway Improvements Coming

“The Woodglen Drive Bikeway Improvements Project once completed will be an example of a complete street designed for users of all ages, modes and mobilities.”  — from MCDOT’s newsletter, and music to our ears.


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has released its latest plan affecting White Flint:  the bikeway improvements coming to Woodglen Drive.  An 8-foot, off-road, asphalt, shared-use path will connect the entrance of the Bethesda Trolley Trail with Nicholson Drive, along the western edge of Woodglen.  Bikers will share this route with pedestrians.  “Safety features, including the construction of curb extenders, at the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Woodglen Drive, will be incorporated into the roadway design to discourage speeding and alert motorists to the pedestrian/cycle-friendly environment of Woodglen Drive,” says MCDOT’s newsletter, released today.  Read the full newsletter, and see images, by clicking here


In addition to the off-road shared-use path, bike lanes will also be installed on the road itself.  In the northbound direction, travelers will find a new 6-foot wide bike lane.  Installation of this will require the removal of six metered parking spaces on the east side of Woodglen.  In the southbound direction, bikes and cars will share the road, as indicated by the addition of “sharrows,” the shared lane pavement marking symbol (see below).  Construction of the full project is slated for this fall.




While this is only a three block-long improvement, it’s a start toward making our roads more friendly to all users.  After all, as MCDOT acknowledges in their announcement, “in Maryland, bicycles are classified as vehicles and are permitted on any road where the speed limit is posted 50 mph or lower.”  Ultimately, as redevelopment occurs on the blocks north of Nicholson Drive, the shared-use path will continue, connecting to the White Flint metro station and beyond.

The Trolley Trail is a fantastic resource, connecting White Flint with Bethesda while avoiding roads and traffic.  It’s great for commuters, recreational bicyclists and walkers alike – as long as you’re traveling in daylight.  At the moment, the Trolley Trail isn’t lit.

These improvements and the lighting of the Trolley Trail will likely be on the agenda at Friends of White Flint’s next meeting in just a few weeks.  Learn more by clicking here and let us know if you can come.  See MCDOT’s flyer in full by clicking here.