In addition to the new trail connections proposed by the NoMa BID during the recent MBT Safety and Trail Access meeting, there were also suggestions to improve existing connections.
At Monroe street, they propose improving the connection to the east side of the tracks. 9th Street north of Monroe is currently a bus oval for accessing the Brookland-CUA Metro, but would be rebuilt as an ordinary street. What form the improved connection would take is unclear, but Monroe currently has bike lanes, so perhaps using the wasted hash area on the north side to create protected bike lanes is what they have in mind.
At T Street, the proposal is to improve the entrance and to add wayfinding and other amenities. In the rendering below, a map of the trail is painted along the edge of the old Sanitary Grocery Company warhouse, mile markers have been painted on the trail, flowers planted along it and a green screen added to the fence, the bollards are repaired, wayfinding directs trail users to Bloomingdale, and a bench has been added to the south side of T.
The area between T and the Sanitary building would become a park and T Street would more explicitly serve as the connection to McKinley Tech and Bloomingdale.
Randolph Place isn't specifically mentioned, but a rendering related to the Penn Building gives an idea of what it could look like.
Here's been more opened, with mileage markers, flowers, bike repair stations, a wayfinding pole and trailhead parking.
At R Street, where the trail's Z-turn is, the proposal is to soften the trail turn and add wayfinding and amenities. Softening the Z-turn and creating open space on the north side of the trail, will likely have to come from the developer of the parcel, because at the NoMa Parks meeting a couple of days later, they made it clear that they were only pursuing a purchase of the southern half of the lot, not the part adjacent to the Z-turn.
In the rendering below, there are markings on R Street, a new CaBi Station, managed green space between R Street and a new building, and a softer pair of trail turns with public art on the space created to the north. Also the Penn Center building at the left has had some art added to it, with the loading zone along R Street cleaned up a bit and the dumpsters removed.