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Maryland Releases Purple Line Study

The Maryland Transit Administration today released its draft environmental impact study and alternatives analysis of the Purple Line transitway proposed for Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Here's a link to the story in Saturday's Post.

You can read the executive summary here. The MTA considered alternatives that include doing nothing, building various forms of light rail and creating various forms of rapid bus service.

Publication of the study is a crucial step in the lengthy process of planning a transit line, winning federal funding to cover a big portion of the cost and then building it. Release of the report will be followed by public hearings in November. You can see the schedule here.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 17, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  
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This is an exciting development, as I've been waiting for the Purple Line to take off for quite some time.

For those who support the environmental, economic, and social justice benefits of light rail, please sign the purple line petition at http://www.PurpleLineNOW.com

Posted by: Purple Line NOW! | October 17, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Has noone in DC ever been to Chicago? Build the purple line on the Beltway from Grovesnor to Forest Glen. Then we not only connect the two sides of the Red Line, but we have the beginnings of a loop which we can construct and fund in segments.

Morons!

Posted by: Small Thinkers | October 17, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Chicago? Maybe The Chosen One will lift up his arms and Metro will be healed?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 17, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Social justice? I have what he's having.

Posted by: tk | October 18, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

A minimu of 1.6 Billion Dollars and nobody seems concerned. Furthermore, this money would go towards a project that even according to the head of the MTA is not going to get people out of their cars. What the report failed to mention are the 5,000 to 6,000 trees that will be cut down. Hopefully our elected leaders come up with a plan that makes sense before it is too late.

Posted by: A Hill | October 20, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Anything would look appealing with inflated ridership numbers, deflated costs and less then accurate information. The Transit Administration failure to investigate other options should concern every Maryland Tax payer. Trains cutting through schools and traveling along the CCC at 60 mph is poor planning at the very least.

Posted by: Concerned Tax Payer | October 20, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Ummm...isn't MTA proposing to cut a bunch of already well-established service?

That would make be suspect of anything MTA puts out.

Posted by: cb | October 22, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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