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Old 05-23-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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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.
I wonder why that is?

But that's another discussion for another day.
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Old 05-23-2017, 10:52 AM
 
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I wonder why that is?

But that's another discussion for another day.
I can think of two possibilities of the bat.

1. The Purple Line probably had the highest chance of receiving the grant in terms of ridership and impact.
The Purple Line connects the state's largest employment corridor with Bethesda, Silver Spring, the University of MD College Park, the Discovery District, and terminates at the IRS.

2. Baltimore already has a light rail line. Though it could be expanded and the Red Line would make valuable connections. But I think connecting 4 spokes of Metro would be more valuable to the DC region than the Red Line would be to Baltimore. And yes, I'm sure those in Baltimore may disagree. I'm not discounting the potential economic impact the Red Line would have in Baltimore, but when the two are compared, I think the Purple Line has the advantage.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:11 PM
 
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Why are judges allowed to do this? At this point this thing needs to either happen or they should shelf it. I've been hearing about the purple line since I was like 12.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:51 PM
 
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This is ridiculous. I think the only reason he actually issued a ruling instead of stalling more was due to the state filing a "writ of mandamus" and the DC Appeals court responding so fast. I hope the state will appeal and his ruling will be overturned. Too much at stake for one judge a few NIMBYs to kill this project. People can be so selfish.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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This is ridiculous. I think the only reason he actually issued a ruling instead of stalling more was due to the state filing a "writ of mandamus" and the DC Appeals court responding so fast. I hope the state will appeal and his ruling will be overturned. Too much at stake for one judge a few NIMBYs to kill this project. People can be so selfish.
The state will appeal and it will be overturned. Like you said, there is too much at stake. We're talking about over a trillion dollars of investment about to be flushed down the toilet for what? The FTA doing its job and granting the award? No appeals court will uphold that ruling. That's ludicrous. And like a lot of people are saying, this would set a dangerous precedence to where nothing would get done if all a judge had to do was question the very experts they should be relying on for rulings.

This whole thing is insane. The judge asked the experts for their opinion, then turns around and questions their effort. lol Only in America.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn on Wednesday ordered the companies contracted to design and build the state’s light-rail Purple Line to immediately scale back pre-construction work, citing a need to cut costs while the state appeals a ruling in a lawsuit blocking the rail line’s construction.

Rahn said he ordered the contractor, Purple Line Transit Partners, to stop executing new construction contracts and procuring any non-essential materials and equipment. The contractor also must freeze all hiring of construction staff, and the state will stop hiring project oversight staff. The state also will stop buying land for the 16-mile line’s right-of way between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Rahn said...

The slowdown — the Maryland transportation department described it as a “suspension of key elements of the Purple Line project” — comes a day after the Maryland Attorney General’s Office said it will appeal a May 22 court ruling ordering the state to redo the line’s ridership forecasts.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.ff9593227eb9
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:35 PM
 
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Who is going to pay for all the extra costs that will be created by all these delays?
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Old 06-04-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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Who is going to pay for all the extra costs that will be created by all these delays?
Right now there are no extra costs. The state kept the construction timeline going as contracted by substituting with its own funds with what they would have gotten if the federal money had been released last August. The state expects to get that money back when the grant money is released. So far, we are not into budget overruns. That could change if there is no speedy decision. I do believe the state would then be on the hook to pay the partners a penalty. The doomsday clock started ticking on June 1st.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Federal funding for the Purple Line just ended with Brian Frosh, Md Atty General's law suit against Trump. No way they get a dime for it now. Enjoy sitting in traffic for another 4/8 years.
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