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Old 06-13-2017, 08:49 PM
 
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Ouch.

Almost any direct rail line between two points would end up being superior to existing methods of transit. Should we build one from the corner of my block to the door of my office ?
Yes, if you work and live in major CBDs within the DC area, e.g. Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton.

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I think you meant $400M ?
No, I mean $800M. You're forgetting about termination fees. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.b2d2b6f73f72

The debate's over. The money's been spent. This was an argument that wrapped up a number of years ago. If a lawsuit or Trump derail the project then that sucks and more money is going to have to be spent a few years from now redoing studies and the RFP, but it's ultimately going to happen. Connecting four branches of metro lines makes too much sense not to do. There's too much money at stake and too much congestion to just sit around pretending buses and outward sprawl will all of a sudden solve east/west transit issues within the beltway.
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:31 AM
 
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If a lawsuit or Trump derail the project then that sucks and more money is going to have to be spent a few years from now redoing studies and the RFP, but it's ultimately going to happen. Connecting four branches of metro lines makes too much sense not to do. There's too much money at stake and too much congestion to just sit around pretending buses and outward sprawl will all of a sudden solve east/west transit issues within the beltway.
there's probably 100 other congestion points in America just as bad if not worse.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:52 AM
 
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there's probably 100 other congestion points in America just as bad if not worse.
...so?
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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there's probably 100 other congestion points in America just as bad if not worse.
So? The purple line is probably one of the most justified light rail projects proposed anywhere in the country in a long time. It basically runs parallel to the super congested beltway. It connects several major employment centers plus the heart of the campus of the University of Maryland. It makes connections to a ton of Metro/MARC/Amtrak lines. The link between Bethesda and Silver Spring will bridge a huge gap on the red line that now forces riders into DC and back out or onto a bus to make that connection.

The line will be a major investment for PG County to help stabilize huge portions of that county and trigger private investment and redevelopment. It will make the trail actually safer to use for pedestrians and bicyclists.

There is a reason everybody is for this project, even a republican governor.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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So? The purple line is probably one of the most justified light rail projects proposed anywhere in the country in a long time. It basically runs parallel to the super congested beltway. It connects several major employment centers plus the heart of the campus of the University of Maryland. It makes connections to a ton of Metro/MARC/Amtrak lines. The link between Bethesda and Silver Spring will bridge a huge gap on the red line that now forces riders into DC and back out or onto a bus to make that connection.

The line will be a major investment for PG County to help stabilize huge portions of that county and trigger private investment and redevelopment. It will make the trail actually safer to use for pedestrians and bicyclists.

There is a reason everybody is for this project, even a republican governor.
It also attracts talent and companies when they see that a state is investing in these technologies. Mass transit is the new amenity companies look for when deciding to locate to a state. We already see how Loudoun County is benefiting from the Silver Line. Tyson's Corner had virtually no growth and high office vacancies ten years ago. Enter the Silver Line and there has been more development in Tyson's Corner in 5 years than there has been in the last 20 years. Even Ashburn is getting major development growth. Look at Gaithersburg and the development that happened from the Red Line. I can guarantee you that wouldn't have happened without the state's investment in rail.

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Old 06-27-2017, 07:00 AM
 
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A federal judge Monday said his court order holding up construction of Maryland’s Purple Line will remain in effect while the state continues to fight a lawsuit opposing the light-rail project.

In a 12-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon rejected the state’s plea to reinstate the project’s federal environmental approval, which Leon revoked in August. Construction on the 16-mile Purple Line can’t begin — and the state can’t secure $900 million in federal grants — until a court restores that approval.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...88f_story.html
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Old 06-27-2017, 07:24 AM
 
Location: It's in the name!
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A federal judge Monday said his court order holding up construction of Maryland’s Purple Line will remain in effect while the state continues to fight a lawsuit opposing the light-rail project.

In a 12-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon rejected the state’s plea to reinstate the project’s federal environmental approval, which Leon revoked in August. Construction on the 16-mile Purple Line can’t begin — and the state can’t secure $900 million in federal grants — until a court restores that approval.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...88f_story.html
Reversal from the appellate court is coming in less than 30 days. Book it!
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:13 AM
 
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Great scenario experienced this weekend. I took my family to Baltimore for an overnight trip and we decided to take the MARC train to avoid hotel parking fees. $14 to get to Baltimore from the College Park MARC station for two adults and a 3 year old. On our way back Saturday, we took the Penn Line. In order to get back to College Park where we parked, we had to bypass New Carrollton and ride to Union Station where we caught the red line to Fort Totten to transfer to the Green Line to get to College Park. If we caught the Orange Line from New Carrollton, we would have had to travel all the way to Lafant Plaza to the Green Line. With the Purple Line, we could have gotten off at New Carrollton and hopped on the Purple Line for a 15 minute ride to College Park WITHOUT having to go into DC just to get back to MD. I imagine there are many test cases such as this that call for the necessity of such a line as the Purple Line.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:10 AM
 
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Great scenario experienced this weekend. I took my family to Baltimore for an overnight trip and we decided to take the MARC train to avoid hotel parking fees. $14 to get to Baltimore from the College Park MARC station for two adults and a 3 year old. On our way back Saturday, we took the Penn Line. In order to get back to College Park where we parked, we had to bypass New Carrollton and ride to Union Station where we caught the red line to Fort Totten to transfer to the Green Line to get to College Park. If we caught the Orange Line from New Carrollton, we would have had to travel all the way to Lafant Plaza to the Green Line. With the Purple Line, we could have gotten off at New Carrollton and hopped on the Purple Line for a 15 minute ride to College Park WITHOUT having to go into DC just to get back to MD. I imagine there are many test cases such as this that call for the necessity of such a line as the Purple Line.
Agreed, this is the case for not only the Purple line, but why there should be beltway line...riding from Hyattsville (PG Plaza) to FedEx Field was a similar problem, that won't be fixed by the Purple line. It's the pits to have to ride into DC to Lefant Plaza to switch to the Blue line to get out to Fedex Field.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.d0eb50f139de
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