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Old 03-24-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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Ike Leggett has announced a hefty property tax increase.

Gotta love the Purple Line.
No. Gotta love Hogan. He's the one that snatched the money away from the Purple Line. Even if he didn't snatch that money, Montgomery County would have still raised taxes. Montgomery County's budget is a lot bigger than the Purple Line.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Has anybody seen the new plans for the Silver Spring station? They scrapped the plans for the 80 foot high elevated structure above the METRO and MARC lines and now plan to put the station at ground level on the grassy area in front of the bus transit center. I'm not sure if that means that area will no longer be developed or if the light rail will be incorporated into a development there similar to the Silver Spring Library.

The station will be where the tall building at the left in the rendering is.

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Old 03-30-2016, 03:25 PM
 
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Has anybody seen the new plans for the Silver Spring station? They scrapped the plans for the 80 foot high elevated structure above the METRO and MARC lines and now plan to put the station at ground level on the grassy area in front of the bus transit center. I'm not sure if that means that area will no longer be developed or if the light rail will be incorporated into a development there similar to the Silver Spring Library.

The station will be where the tall building at the left in the rendering is.
Correct, the station will connect to the 3rd floor of the transit center and will dramatically reduce the developable area of the lot. Seems exceptionally shortsighted to me; Hogan only cares about "saving" $30M in construction cost and ignores the opportunity cost of giving up the developable land. Could have fit Marriott's HQ there, instead, or a thousand+ residents.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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Project's looking good - new estimate of $2.65 billion - about $650 million more than the garbage number Hogan pulled out of his hat in order to support this boondoggle.

Can't wait for the next batch of over-runs !!!

Can't wait for MD to say "No way" to any requests for additional funding for MTA and Metro......whose leaders just let us know would need at least $1 billion more per year for maintenance.

Go Purple Line !!
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:42 AM
 
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Maryland’s Board of Public Works unanimously approved a $5.6 billion contract Wednesday for the construction and operation of the Purple Line, an east-west light rail line that’s a top transportation priority and a project with huge economic development potential.
http://www.bizjournals.com/washingto...-contract.html
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I found a detailed description of the changes to the Silver Spring Station.

To save money, Silver Spring's Purple Line station will be farther from the Metro - Greater Greater Washington
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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The most recent rendering of the Silver Spring station can be found here: County Council Members Accuse State of Not Sharing Purple Line Savings - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:38 PM
 
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The most recent rendering of the Silver Spring station can be found here: County Council Members Accuse State of Not Sharing Purple Line Savings - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD
Cool, thanks for that. I actually like the new design.

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Old 04-07-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Yeah, looks like it adds a new red line entrance to the 3rd floor of the transit center which would be really helpful for people coming from the Purple Line, from Bonifant/Ripley St., and those being dropped off at the Kiss & Ride.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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I found a detailed description of the changes to the Silver Spring Station.

To save money, Silver Spring's Purple Line station will be farther from the Metro - Greater Greater Washington
Doesn't sound so bad; it won't be a drastically longer walk to the Metro and will be closer to downtown and buses, taxis, and K&R. Sounds like there will be less space for private development but a building that was initially slated for demolition gets to stay.
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