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Old 09-26-2016, 10:33 AM
 
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Any update on a ground breaking date here??

We're almost in October and we're going on 10 years before any dirt has been moved on this project yet.

This is becoming pretty embarrassing.
Utility work as been going on since April and soil testing has been going on since August. You can't just say " go on, move dirt;" there's lots of preconstruction work that goes into a project like this and that's been proceeding as planned. Now, hopefully, the latest lawsuit from the wonderful people of Chevy Chase works itself out and the rest of the project can continue as scheduled.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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^ No official ground breaking can happen until after the ruling from the district court on the appeal, and who knows when that will be.
The judge has 60 days to respond to Attorney General Brian Frosh's request for reconsideration submitted on August 23rd. Also in play is the appeal from the FTA. So, we should hear something on the case before November. It's in everybody's interest for the judge to come on out and admit that he was in error instead of wasting taxpayer money, "undue harm." The longer he waits unnecessarily, the more he and those in Chevy Chase who filed the suit will look foolish in my opinion.

As I understand it, there is no ban on starting the actual project. The case in federal court only concerns the federal grant money ($900 million). Maryland and the P3 partnership can use a small amount of their own budgeted funds to continue construction prep. The presumed halt is more of a funding issue and not a court mandated halt of the project.

The feds (FTA) already approved the project and awarded the grant money. So, if Maryland got 900 million dollars from somewhere else, the feds can't stop Maryland from building the Purple Line for any environmental impacts or anything else, even if the federal grant money is still blocked by the judge. Maryland can essentially say, "Scru you judge, we're going it alone." But of course a $900 million price tag says that won't happen. lol So, everybody is at a wait and see stance.

If I were a betting man, the project will go forward despite the hiccup and I'm not sure if MD can sue the federal government for the delay costs. We'll see.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:44 AM
 
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Purple Line decision may come in the next two weeks.

Agrees with what I said earlier ......

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The state official overseeing the Purple Line light-rail project said Thursday night the federal government and state hope to receive a reconsidered decision in the next few weeks from a federal judge who vacated the project’s approval in a controversial lawsuit.

“If something like this had to happen, and it did, right now is not a bad time for it to happen because many of the activities we’re doing are not really affected by having a Record of Decision or not having a Record of Decision,” said Charles Lattuca, executive director for transit development and delivery at the Maryland Transit Administration.
Purple Line Work Continues as Officials Wait To See Whether Judge Will Reconsider Controversial Decision - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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^, cool, so it may not be as much of a delay as many thought.
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:06 AM
 
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FTA says no new study needed. Ball is now in Judge's court. Pun intended.

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Even if the Purple Line had no Metro riders — removing Metro’s problems completely from the Purple Line ridership analysis — the light-rail line would have about 50,000 weekday riders in 2040, the FTA said.

With 50,000 riders under that “most extreme scenario,” the FTA said, the Purple Line would still be “one of the most robust light-rail systems funded by the FTA in recent years.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.dbb59d28b6a7


Judge Leon, let my Purple Line go!
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Old 12-21-2016, 12:58 PM
 
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FTA says no new study needed. Ball is now in Judge's court. Pun intended.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.dbb59d28b6a7


Judge Leon, let my Purple Line go!
If they really do plan on 50k riders a day, they are using rather short trains, unless they will have very high frequency.
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Old 12-21-2016, 01:36 PM
 
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If they really do plan on 50k riders a day, they are using rather short trains, unless they will have very high frequency.
Hogan cut the frequency from every 6 minutes to every 7.5 minutes during peak and 10-15 minutes off-peak. Light rail vehicle will be the longest in the U.S. at 136ft.
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Old 12-21-2016, 03:36 PM
 
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Hogan cut the frequency from every 6 minutes to every 7.5 minutes during peak and 10-15 minutes off-peak. Light rail vehicle will be the longest in the U.S. at 136ft.
I know they will be a little longer than normal, but they will only be one train long. Most high volume light rail lines run trains much longer than 136ft.
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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I know they will be a little longer than normal, but they will only be one train long. Most high volume light rail lines run trains much longer than 136ft.
True, e.g. Boston's Green Line runs two 74' vehicles together. Though having one long car increases interior capacity by ~10% so the PL will still hold a few more people per train. I'm not too worried about capacity issues - if it's so much of a success that they foresee needing to reduce the headways back to their original, pre-Hogan plan then amending the PPP/purchasing additional vehicles is an option.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:12 AM
 
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Trump plans to defund transit projects. Not good for the Purple Line. Project is dead without federal support.

https://twitter.com/yfreemark/status/842371631779569668

Potential projects that may not be funded.

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