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Old 04-20-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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I'm also glad Hogan mentioned the fact that the judge's wife "happens to be involved in the opponent group". This is a clear conflict of interest.
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: It's in the name!
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I'm also glad Hogan mentioned the fact that the judge's wife "happens to be involved in the opponent group". This is a clear conflict of interest.
Well, I think we'll see a reversal come the 28th. The judge has no reason to continue with his decision. I'm sure any higher court would throw the case out or send it back to Leon. Of course, that could take months. But I think this is a case of too much power being placed in the hands of one person. There should be a higher court outside of appeals to reprimand obvious and flagrant abuses. It is so obvious what the judge is doing it is rediculous.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:32 AM
 
Location: It's in the name!
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Boom! And there you have it, folks. Congress is on board with funding the Purple Line. Judge, let my Purple Line go!

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The federal funding bill designates $125 million for the Maryland Transit Administration project as long as a full federal funding agreement is signed by September, the end of the current fiscal year.
Federal spending bill: $150M for Metro; potentially $125M for Purple Line | WTOP
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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Boom! And there you have it, folks. Congress is on board with funding the Purple Line. Judge, let my Purple Line go!



Federal spending bill: $150M for Metro; potentially $125M for Purple Line | WTOP


And with the FBI building. I hope BOTH of these projects come thru. And there will be no reduction in the federal workforce.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:37 PM
 
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Looks like the Purple Line is about to meet the same fate as the Red Line in Baltimore: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...b0d_story.html
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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Looks like the Purple Line is about to meet the same fate as the Red Line in Baltimore: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...b0d_story.html
I can't see it, they will appeal that, it will certainly delay the project, but too much money in to turn back now

Additionally, there are holes in the judges story...at this point as someone who rides the metro, my biggest issue is safety and cleanliness, safe track ends next month, that will increase ridership, new trains will increase cleanliness, and they launched an initiative to clean the stations more often. I think end of safe track and improved cleanliness fix most of metro's ridership problems.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:27 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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I can't see it, they will appeal that, it will certainly delay the project, but too much money in to turn back now

Additionally, there are holes in the judges story...at this point as someone who rides the metro, my biggest issue is safety and cleanliness, safe track ends next month, that will increase ridership, new trains will increase cleanliness, and they launched an initiative to clean the stations more often. I think end of safe track and improved cleanliness fix most of metro's ridership problems.
Metro ridership is most certainly due to go back up at some point, when I'm not sure exactly. But by the time this so far 8 year delayed 16 mile light rail would have began service, I'd expect Metro to be close to if not already broken back even on the ridership scale.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:12 PM
 
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Metro ridership is most certainly due to go back up at some point, when I'm not sure exactly. But by the time this so far 8 year delayed 16 mile light rail would have began service, I'd expect Metro to be close to if not already broken back even on the ridership scale.
The judge is playing games. The first ruling, "You need to go back and re-evaluate ridership due to metro's woes. The second ruling, "You need to go back and take a"hard" look at ridership due to metro's woes.

What the hell is that? He's insinuating that he knows something the FTA doesn't? Remember, he's not the expert here. He's relying on the FTA for their expertise. He is presuming to know more than the FTA by suggesting their valid expertise is inadequate. Come on, Maryland should appeal this tomorrow. This is ludicrous.

All he has to do is keep kicking the can back at the FTA, "Not good enough.", "Not good enough.", "Not good enough."
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:09 AM
 
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I can't see it, they will appeal that, it will certainly delay the project, but too much money in to turn back now
Same thing with the red line, but we see that's not going anywhere. I know Hogan killed that and not a judge, but still.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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Same thing with the red line, but we see that's not going anywhere. I know Hogan killed that and not a judge, but still.
Two totally separate cases. The Purple Line enjoys support at all levels. The red line didn't have state support. The only thing holding up the Purple Line is a few persistent NIMBYs who in fact will be minimally impacted by the line itself. They are not losing their homes or their beloved trail.

I agree that this will be settled on appeal and construction will move forward. The judge is basically saying that the state and FTA didn't do enough to convince him that the numbers won't change. But then he's not an expert, so how does he know what is enough? I think we're at a point now where even if they did spend 8 months on a new study, which would reveal the same result, the judge wouldn't remove his block. HE's just posturing.
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