Metro has announced a new initiative to promote cycling to transit stations, reported at Metro to lure bike-to-rail commuters. Metro wants to avoid the projected need to build 30,000-40,000 new parking spaces costing $25,000 each at Metro stations.
When the Capital Crescent Trail and MetBranch Trails are completed, together they will connect directly to eight Metro stations and five Purple Line stations in the approx. 13 miles from Bethesda to Union Station. No other trail system in the region comes close to integrating so well with transit.
By my math, 30,000 parking spaces at $25,000 each would cost $750,000,000! A small part of that cost for the parking spaces at Metro stations can be much better spent on finishing these trails.