Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility Study
On Thursday, July 8th, 2021, staff from Community Planning and the consultant team from Smart Growth America kicked off the Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility Study. The study is essential in advancing recommended pedestrian safety, access, and wayfinding improvements for the Oxon Run Park Trail. It will be critical that these improvements connect the existing and proposed trail connections in Washington, D.C. to the Southern Avenue and Naylor Road Metro Stations in Prince George’s County. This work includes an assessment of the current state of pedestrian infrastructure along five proposed alternatives (see proposed trail connections) within and surrounding the Southern Avenue Metro Station, coordination of affected agencies (Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C.), property owners, and property managers. The project team will also explore the conceptual design of lighting, wayfinding, and other pedestrian improvements to improve the pedestrian experience at the station via opportunities for kiosks, pavilions, and public art.
Stay tuned for more news and chances to provide feedback to the project!
As recommended in the Greater Washington Partnership’s 2020 Building the Transit-Oriented Region Report for Prince George’s County this study will evaluate pedestrian safety and access to the Southern Avenue and Naylor Road Metro Stations via the Oxon Run Park Trail in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland. The Greater Washington Partnership study identifies four metro stations as potential locations for future transit-oriented development (TOD). The stations: New Carrollton, Greenbelt, Morgan Boulevard, and Southern Avenue are all designated areas of interest in Plan 2035, Prince George’s County’s approved general plan. The Morgan Boulevard and Southern Avenue Stations are designated as local centers. Plan 2035 defines the local centers as focal points for development and civic activity based on their access to transit or major highways. The Greenbelt and New Carrollton Metro stations are designated as Regional Transit Districts. The Regional Transit Districts are defined as medium- to high- density mixed-use areas with extensive transit and transportation infrastructure.
The Greater Washington Partnership defined several recommendations to drive TOD near the station. The recommendation to maximize Oxon Run Park’s ability to serve the greater community can be easily achieved in the near term. The recommendation states:
Though already an established community asset, building on the existing amenities at and improving access to Oxon Run Park could increase residential demand and promote health equity. A joint initiative between Prince George’s County, District of Columbia and the National Park Service to connect the western open space section of the park through the wooded section and to the station, key development sites and the northeast section of Oxon Run Park could better attract residents and stimulate growth. This process could entail creating a trail with an extended network of interwoven amenities (e.g., kiosks from local small businesses, pavilions, public art) and clearing space for a new station-adjacent park. Implementing leading practices for park design and better connecting this trail to the greater Capital Trails Network could also amplify the realized benefits along the WMATA’s southern Green Line stations. (pg. 6)
This recommendation is consistent with recommendations in the 2014 Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Southern Green Line Station Area to extend the planned Oxon Run Trail to the Southern Avenue Station and improve bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure along the sector plan area.
Relevant documents for this project area include, but are not limited to:
- 2014 Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Southern Green Line Station Area
- Greater Washington Partnership’s 2020 Building the Transit-Oriented Region Report for Prince George’s County
- Capital Trails Coalition Network
- DDOT Oxon Run Trail Rehabilitation Project
- Eastover- Forest Heights Trail Improvements Plan
- Prince George's County Priority Trail Projects
The 2014 Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Southern Green Line Station Area identifies several areas where further analysis and recommendations are needed, including, but not limited to:
- Metro Access road from Oxon Drive near garage
- Access to Oxon Run Park and Naylor Road Metro Station
- Oxon Run Dr. & 23rd Parkway
- Oxon Run Trail & off-street connections
- Increased lighting, surveillance and wayfinding
- Improved bicycle and pedestrian connections and infrastructure
- Key safety issues include interface between pedestrians and motor vehicles, visibility, wayfinding, and other Crime Prevention through Environmental Design elements.
|Kickoff Meeting||July 8, 2021|
|Community Meeting #1||TBD|
|Community Meeting #2||TBD|
|Project Completion||July 2021|