Purple Line NOW News - November 20, 2019

A very happy Thanksgiving to everyone in our community from all of us here at Purple Line NOW!

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:

  • An Important Message from Purple Line NOW
  • A Recap of the University and Riverdale/Glen Ridge/New Carrollton Community Advisory Team Meetings

Dear Friends:

We hope you had a chance to read our appeal from last week, but in case you missed it, please take a moment to have a look:

Purple Line NOW is approaching a turning point in the services we will be able to offer as we go forward in 2020. With visible construction all around our communities, it is easy for the community to believe our work is done, and by and large, it is thrilling to see our advocacy efforts (and yours!) over the years come into focus in such an exciting way.

For us, though, a nearly all-volunteer organization, with one quarter-time employee, fundraising has been difficult and dwindling over the past year, despite enthusiastic attendance at our very popular forums, a widely read bi-weekly newsletter, and increasing calls and emails from the community for problem-solving help due to construction woes. We simply cannot continue our work without the funding necessary to provide these services.

As we head into the holidays, we ask you to consider a donation to Purple Line NOW. We are working on a winter forum right now, and as you can see in the newsletter below, we continue to push out as much information as we can. Please click the black "DONATE" button below to help us continue our work and forward to any friends or colleagues who will benefit from the Purple Line once opened. As always, we proudly list all of our donors on our website and in all event literature. Thank you.

Update: We are so grateful to everyone who has sent in a donation or clicked on the DONATE button above in the past few days! We will share our progress in the next newsletter – including a matching donation challenge from one generous donor that will pay homage to those who are no longer with us, but whose hard work and dedication to seeing the Purple Line become a reality remains. Stay tuned for that good news -and in the meantime, we are grateful to all who are helping us through these next 3.5 years. Opening day will be here before we know it!

 

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

This week, we continue the recap of some of the area Community Advisory Team (CAT) meetings occurring this fall. We hope these short summaries, attended by Purple Line NOW Board members and friends, provide information and context for those not able to attend. Today, our focus is on the University Boulevard and Riverdale/Glen Ridge/New Carrollton communities.

As always, you can see the complete presentations at the MTA/MDOT website: Community Advisory Teams.

University Boulevard

The University Boulevard CAT was held on October 15, 2019. The presenters were: Gary Witherspoon (MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications, Deputy Project Director), Barry Bernstein (PLTC Area 3 Construction Manager), and Shaquanna Shields (PLTC Communications Supervisor). The stations in this segment include Takoma-Langley, Riggs Road, Adelphi Road-UMGC-UMD. 

The team reported that work is continuing on University Boulevard with the removal of medians and the ever-present utility relocations to allow for the eventual Purple Line tracks (which will be in the center of the road alongside vehicular traffic.)

On University Boulevard, crews have demolished, graded, and paved the medians and installed storm water drainage. On Guilford Road, the underground utility work has been completed and is now open. Along Northwest Branch Bridge, traffic is shifted to the south-side of University Boulevard, with Phase I underway (this phase is expected to last until next summer. It is currently about 15% complete.) The north side bridge demolition is complete. Temporary crosswalks have been installed for access to the south pedestrian path.

As for the next six months, there was a TON of information, so again, make sure you check out the full presentation at the link above. Here are some areas to note:

Temporary signals will be installed at the intersections of University Boulevard/Campus Drive and Adelphia Road/Campus Drive. The eastbound lands of University Boulevard will be shifted to the north to widen the road and Campus Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Short term pain for long term gain! Two lanes will be maintained in each direction on University Boulevard.

There was an extensive update on the upcoming traffic shifts as a result of the Northwest Branch Bridge construction:

• Phase I: Began June 1, 2019 – expected through June 2020 
• Phase II: Expected to begin the Summer of 2020 
• Phase III: Expected to begin the Summer of 2021 

A final slide, which we've shown before, but is always an interesting snippet into the future, is how the final configuration will look:

Riverdale and Glenridge/New Carrollton

Riverdale and Glenridge/New Carrollton CAT was held on November 5, 2019. The presenters were: Gary Witherspoon (MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications, Deputy Project Director), Tim Pinkerton (PLTC Area 3 Construction Manager), and Shaquanna Shields (PLTC Communications Supervisor). The stations in this segment of the Purple Line are Riverdale Park-Kenilworth, Beacon Heights-East Pines, Glenridge, and New Carrollton Metro.

As with all of the CATs, the team started out with an overview of progress along the entire line. You can read more about that progress by visiting their website by clicking on the link above. 

The Riverdale Road bridge piers have been constructed. These piers (below) will support the Riverdale Park-Kenilworth aerial station.


Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA and PLTP

You may remember that back in July, the steel framing of the Glenridge Operations and Maintenance Facility was completed. (If you missed it, you can read all about that in the July edition of Purple Line NOW News.) This facility will maintain and clean the Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), as well as house the Purple Line administration and operational staff.

In September, a ceremony was held for when the first section of rail was laid for the project on Ellin Road.


Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA and PLTP

Along with all of the above, work continues to relocate water and sewer lines, as well as the overhead and underground power lines. The crews have also began replacing traffic signals and continued the massive utility relocation work. Along the south side of Riverdale Road, tree clearing has continued.

Along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, if that is on your commute, you may have noticed that traffic was shifted onto temporary bridges and the demolition of the existing bridge abutment has started to make space for the LRV underpass. Along Veterans Parking, grading, retaining wall and drainage installations have continued.

Looking ahead, six months, here are some highlights, but as always, to see the full extent of the presentation, click on the link above.

Along Kenilworth Avenue, the traffic will be shifting to widen Kenilworth, leading to the Riverdale intersection. Sidewalk and curb reconstruction will also begin (yes!). At the intersection, grading for the LR track will occur, as will the installation of the concrete bridge girders that will support the station.

On Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the precast concrete arched underpass section will be installed, and the concrete work for the Parkway will begin.

Traffic will be shifted to the north side of Riverdale Road (near Veterans Parkway) next spring – alerts and announcements will occur ahead of time, so make sure you are signed up for those if this area affects your daily commute. The first phase of the Maintenance of Traffic shift will occur to establish a left turn lane at the Annapolis Road intersection at this time, as well. 

At the Glenridge Yard Maintenance Facility, work will continue and the hope is that within the next six months, WSSC will connect water service to the facility. 

Please note, on or around the first week of December, there will be a long-term right-hand lane closure on Ellin Road near Harkins Road. Additionally, the sidewalk between this closed lane and the parking lot will be closed. And, finally, the large Metro Parking lot (at the New Carrollton Station Work Zone), which is adjacent to Ellin Road will be closed to establish a work zone. Community concerns focused on traffic issues during construction including the timing of lights.

The team encouraged everyone with concerns to call the Purple Line Hot-line at 240-424-5325. They will get an answering machine instead of a real person because they want a record of concerns. A text of the message left by the caller will be forwarded to the outreach team and they will respond as soon as they can.

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Next Purple Line NOW Forum: Stay tuned for an announcement of the next Purple Line NOW forum happening late winter 2020!
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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

Can You Help Purple Line NOW Continue Its Work?

If you haven't already given this year, would you consider a donation to Purple Line NOW? We have reprinted the appeal here as it contains all the bits you might want to know about what we do with your donations - those dollars work hard!

As we reported earlier this year, we here at Purple Line NOW have shifted our energy from our prior focus of advocating for funding and approval of the project to the daunting task of keeping communities along the Purple Line corridor up-to-speed regarding breaking news, construction woes, and exciting new developments being built around the new line.

Purple Line NOW operates on a very small budget and, as you know, we don’t hold special event fundraisers. Instead, we rely on an email outreach to our most dedicated supporters to help us meet our bottom line each year during our fall appeal campaign.

To that end, we ask for your financial support so that we may continue our work. Donating is easy via our secure link or by sending a check through the mail – all the information to do so can be found on our website.

Below, you will read what it is we do each year with your generous donations. As always, we are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Just shoot us an email or give us a ring.

A reminder: Purple Line NOW does not receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We operate solely on donations from individuals and businesses like you who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work each year.

How Will Purple Line NOW Use My Donation?

As we said, Purple Line NOW exists on a very slender budget. Our work is done by a dedicated and hardworking group of volunteers, as well as one quarter-time employee. We pay for our website maintenance and for the resources needed to reach the community through email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our popular educational forums – as you know, these events are always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)

Purple Line NOW News

With your support, Purple Line NOW has published a bi-weekly, information-packed newsletter with the latest in construction news, photos, and insider information to keep you on top of what is going on in the field. We have a large following and we are often surprised that readers come from all over the country, from Baltimore to California! Thanks to the many volunteer contributors who help us write and release the newsletter every other week. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen! Did you know you can view all of our previous newsletters on our website?!

Envisioning the Purple Line Series

We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of forums hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Just last month, we held an update in Chevy Chase, focused on Completing the Capital Crescent Trail where we brought in the CEO of the Purple Line Transit Partners (the builders), Montgomery County councilmembers, bicycle and trail advocates, and others to offer lots of information to the 70+ folks who attended. We try to do at least two events each year around the Purple Line Corridor. Previous events have been held in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Riverdale Park, University of Maryland, College Park, and more. We are currently working hard on organizing the next forum, so stay tuned!

Connecting People

Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW serves as an unofficial clearing house of sorts for calls from residents and businesses who are looking for answers to issues they are experiencing while the project is under construction. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do try to connect folks with the proper resources.

Sharing Information

Purple Line NOW board members have a long tradition of attending hearings, testifying on behalf of the project, being a part of Purple Line-oriented neighborhood groups, and connecting to elected officials on behalf of the Line. Our volunteer board leadership continues to meet every single month in person, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas to keep the project on track. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Many of our members stay on top of transit news through their membership and support of other local and regional transit organizations and many are also very active on the neighborhood Community Advisory Teams.

Maintaining a Presence

Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter and through our website, Purple Line NOW. If you haven’t signed up for those, do so today. You’ll get the latest news and be able to participate in discussions happening on those platforms.

Remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website, as well as in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

We are grateful for your consideration of our request and for your support, financial and otherwise. We wish you a happy and healthy fall season.

Get Connected!

Make sure you are signed up for timely alerts from Purple Line NOW via our Twitter and Facebook pages, and at our website Purple Line NOW.


Purple Line NOW News - November 13, 2019

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:

  • An Important Message from Purple Line NOW
  • A Recap of the Bethesda/Chevy Chase and Long Branch Community Advisory Team Meetings

Dear Friends...

Purple Line NOW is approaching a turning point in the services we will be able to offer as we go forward in 2020. With visible construction all around our communities, it is easy for the community to believe our work is done, and by and large, it is thrilling to see our advocacy efforts (and yours!) over the years come into focus in such an exciting way.

For us, though, a nearly all-volunteer organization, with one quarter-time employee, fundraising has been difficult and dwindling over the past year, despite enthusiastic attendance at our very popular forums, a widely read bi-weekly newsletter, and increasing calls and emails from the community for problem-solving help due to construction woes. We simply cannot continue our work without the funding necessary to provide these services.

As we head into the holidays, we ask you to consider a donation to Purple Line NOW. We are working on a winter forum right now, and as you can see in the newsletter below, we continue to push out as much information as we can. Please click the black "DONATE" button below to help us continue our work and forward to any friends or colleagues who will benefit from the Purple Line once opened. As always, we proudly list all of our donors on our website and in all event literature. Thank you.

Donate Today

Share This Newsletter

Please feel free to share this newsletter - no permission from us needed! You can always find a link to our newsletter on our Purple Line NOW website which makes it easy to share with your friends, neighbors, constituents, customers, and employees.

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

This week, we continue the recap of some of the area Community Advisory Team (CAT) meetings occurring this fall. We hope these short summaries, attended by Purple Line NOW Board members, provide information and context for those not able to attend. Today, our focus is on the Long Branch and Bethesda/Chevy Chase communities.

As always, you can see the complete presentations at the MTA/MDOT website: Community Advisory Teams.

Long Branch

This CAT meeting, which happened on October 22, was presented by Gary Witherspoon (MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications, Deputy Project Director), Carla Julian (PLTC Senior Manager Public Affairs/Community Outreach), and Jean-Marc Wehrli (PLTC Area 2 Construction Manager). The stations in this segment of the corridor include Manchester Place, Long Branch, and Piney Branch Road. 

This past spring, the 1,000 foot Plymouth Tunnel excavation was completed and since then, waterproofing and pouring the final concrete for the tunnel lining has been ongoing. CAT members had some questions about a recent report of work to replace initial faulty construction. That work was focused on the Bethesda elevator shaft and there have not been any comparable problems for the Plymouth Tunnel. Maryland and Concessionaire officials described the system of inspections by both the concessionaire and the state, and it was that system that caught the concrete problems which are now being addressed at concessionaire expense. These inspections are regularly conducted during the construction process to avoid the problem of late discoveries that have plagued other area construction projects.

Looking ahead to the next six months for Long Branch:

Along Wayne Avenue, storm drain installation continues, as does the installation and relocation of overhead and underground utilities. Crews will also begin installing retaining walls along Wayne Avenue (in front of the Wayne Manchester Towers Apartments).


Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA & PLTP

In the western Portal/Manchester Place Station (on East Wayne Avenue), concrete work for Phase 1 of the Manchester Place station will be completed. As for Kenwood House, Phase 1 work will be required to be completed before the parking lot can be relocated. There will be a temporary parking lot created during Phase 2 of Kenwood House, with the planned reinstatement of the parking lot to happen sometime next summer.


Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA & PLTP

At the Plymouth Tunnel (East Wayne Avenue to Arliss Street), waterproofing and the final lining of the tunnel is expected to be completed in preparation for the maintenance walkway. Further out, the Eastern is being built using a cut and cover technique, which means that first the tunnel was excavated and open to air, and then once the concrete box surrounding the entrance is complete, that portion of Arliss Road road will be rebuilt on top. When that work is complete, the upper portion of Arliss Road from Flower Avenue to the Silver Spring Library will be restored and work will begin on the lower portion from the Library to Piney Branch. This swap is expected to take place in 2020.

On Piney Branch Road, overhead and underground utility relocations will continue between University Boulevard and Arliss Street. The largest area of citizen concern was ensuring pedestrian safety when construction zones impede sidewalks. University Boulevard was a focus for Vision Zero activists due to already scarce crosswalks and a recent fatality, outside of the construction area but on University Boulevard, where Takoma Park resident Julio Vargas Valerio was struck and killed. The Purple Line Transit Partners consistently emphasize the importance of safety around construction zones and have taken steps to better coordinate sidewalk closures. This is an area where you can help! If you ever see any unsafe conditions around a Purple Line site, follow the instructions at the end of this update to call it in.

You may also find this schedule for construction work hours helpful:

Plymouth Tunnel

• Day Shift: 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
• Swing Shift: 2:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
• Typical day shift: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Typical night shift: 7 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.
• Make-up / maintenance day will be Saturdays, as required

The public will be notified through notifications on www.purplelinemd.com for:
• Utility shutdowns
• Road/driveway closures
• Pile driving
• Night work
• Weekend work
• Major lane closures

Bethesda/Chevy Chase

On October 29, about 50 residents and CAT members gathered at North Chevy Chase Elementary School to hear updates and share concerns about the segment of the Purple Line that passes through their neighborhoods. The presentation began with an introduction of the speakers, an overview of the progress of the entire 16.2 mile corridor, and more detail about the status of the project between Bethesda and Rock Creek Park. Please check out the presentation because it shows that the project is really moving along and will also give you a better idea of where construction is currently happening along this portion of the route.

Gary Witherspoon, who has stepped in for Mike Madden following his retirement, said he will miss Madden's historical knowledge given that Madden has worked on the Purple Line since 2002. 

Of particular interest to the attendees was the prediction that by early spring, probably March, the steel girders for the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail overpasses should be in place. Following that, both bridges over Connecticut will be constructed. The PLTP representatives made note of the request to keep residents informed of the strategy for building these bridges including road closures and detours. 

There were questions and concern about the impact of dust and noise to a child care center located adjacent to the current CC trail. The owner of the facility and a parent whose children are cared for there said they appreciate the attention that they have gotten to date, but the issues are on-going. There was also concern about some night time construction that took place without notification of residents. PLTP was pretty sure that this was activity by WSSC, but they will look into it. 

Some highlights:

• The Bethesda Shaft (which will connect the Purple Line to WMATA’s Red Line) has been excavated to a depth of 100 feet and the concrete lining for the shaft that began in June will be completed next spring.
• Progress near East-West Highway includes the installation of retaining walls on the GT Branch Trail.
• At the Columbia Country Club, the east golf cart underpass has been completed and re-opened.
• Over on Connecticut Avenue, the piles for future LRV and CCT bridges have been installed.

On Jones Mill Road, a new temporary traffic pattern has been established for the CCT underpass construction, so please be on the watch for that if Jones Mill Road or Jones Bridge Road are on your daily commute.


Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA & PLTP

Carla Julian encouraged everyone with concerns to call the Purple Line Hot-line at 240-424-5325. They will get an answering machine instead of a real person because they want a record of concerns. A text of the message left by the caller will be forwarded to the outreach team and they will respond as soon as they can.

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Next Purple Line NOW Forum: Stay tuned for an announcement of the next Purple Line NOW forum happening late winter 2020!
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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

Can You Help Purple Line NOW Continue Its Work?

If you haven't already given this year, would you consider a donation to Purple Line NOW? We have reprinted the appeal here as it contains all the bits you might want to know about what we do with your donations - those dollars work hard!

As we reported earlier this year, we here at Purple Line NOW have shifted our energy from our prior focus of advocating for funding and approval of the project to the daunting task of keeping communities along the Purple Line corridor up-to-speed regarding breaking news, construction woes, and exciting new developments being built around the new line.

Purple Line NOW operates on a very small budget and, as you know, we don’t hold special event fundraisers. Instead, we rely on an email outreach to our most dedicated supporters to help us meet our bottom line each year during our fall appeal campaign.

To that end, we ask for your financial support so that we may continue our work. Donating is easy via our secure link or by sending a check through the mail – all the information to do so can be found on our website.

Below, you will read what it is we do each year with your generous donations. As always, we are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Just shoot us an email or give us a ring.

A reminder: Purple Line NOW does not receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We operate solely on donations from individuals and businesses like you who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work each year.

How Will Purple Line NOW Use My Donation?

As we said, Purple Line NOW exists on a very slender budget. Our work is done by a dedicated and hardworking group of volunteers, as well as one quarter-time employee. We pay for our website maintenance and for the resources needed to reach the community through email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our popular educational forums – as you know, these events are always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)

Purple Line NOW News

With your support, Purple Line NOW has published a bi-weekly, information-packed newsletter with the latest in construction news, photos, and insider information to keep you on top of what is going on in the field. We have a large following and we are often surprised that readers come from all over the country, from Baltimore to California! Thanks to the many volunteer contributors who help us write and release the newsletter every other week. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen! Did you know you can view all of our previous newsletters on our website?!

Envisioning the Purple Line Series

We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of forums hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Just last month, we held an update in Chevy Chase, focused on Completing the Capital Crescent Trail where we brought in the CEO of the Purple Line Transit Partners (the builders), Montgomery County councilmembers, bicycle and trail advocates, and others to offer lots of information to the 70+ folks who attended. We try to do at least two events each year around the Purple Line Corridor. Previous events have been held in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Riverdale Park, University of Maryland, College Park, and more. We are currently working hard on organizing the next forum, so stay tuned!

Connecting People

Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW serves as an unofficial clearing house of sorts for calls from residents and businesses who are looking for answers to issues they are experiencing while the project is under construction. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do try to connect folks with the proper resources.

Sharing Information

Purple Line NOW board members have a long tradition of attending hearings, testifying on behalf of the project, being a part of Purple Line-oriented neighborhood groups, and connecting to elected officials on behalf of the Line. Our volunteer board leadership continues to meet every single month in person, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas to keep the project on track. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Many of our members stay on top of transit news through their membership and support of other local and regional transit organizations and many are also very active on the neighborhood Community Advisory Teams.

Maintaining a Presence

Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter and through our website, Purple Line NOW. If you haven’t signed up for those, do so today. You’ll get the latest news and be able to participate in discussions happening on those platforms.

Remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website, as well as in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

We are grateful for your consideration of our request and for your support, financial and otherwise. We wish you a happy and healthy fall season.

Get Connected!

Make sure you are signed up for timely alerts from Purple Line NOW via our Twitter and Facebook pages, and at our website Purple Line NOW.


Purple Line NOW News - October 23, 2019

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:

  • A Recap of the Silver Spring Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • October Community Advisory Team Meetings
  • Important Appeal: Purple Line NOW Needs Your Financial Help!

Share This Newsletter

Please feel free to share this newsletter - no permission from us needed! You can always find a link to our newsletter on our Purple Line NOW website which makes it easy to share with your friends, neighbors, constituents, customers, and employees.

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to become a sponsor - your name will appear at all events and on all promotional materials for a year following your donation. The benefits of sponsorship are listed on our website and donating is easy - just follow this link: I'd like to become a sponsor! There are several levels of sponsorship - and we appreciate them all! 

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

As we have done in the past, we will be doing a highlight reel from some of the area Community Advisory Team (CAT) meetings occurring this fall. We hope these short summaries, attended by Purple Line NOW Board members, provide information and context for those not able to attend. Today, we’ll start with the Silver Spring CAT meeting on October 10, and in future newsletters, we will cover the University Boulevard meeting (which occurred on October 15) and Tuesday night’s Long Branch meeting before focusing on upcoming CATs still to come on the schedule. (See below for all of the upcoming meetings on the docket right now.)

As always, you can see the complete presentations at the MTA/MDOT website: Community Advisory Teams.

Silver Spring Community Advisory Team Meeting

Gary Witherspoon (MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications, Deputy Project Director), Carla Julian (PLTC Senior Manager for Public Affairs/Community Outreach), and Chris McRobbie (PLTC Area 1 Lead Structural Engineer) led the presentation with the announcement that Mike Madden had retired from his role as Purple Line Project Director after 48 years of public service (36 of which had been with MTA). Gary Witherspoon was named the new Deputy Project Director. You may have previously seen Gary at Purple Line Now Forums where he was among the MTA attendees in his public information role, which included the great PurpleLineMD.com website relaunch earlier this year.

Construction along the entire line is 20% complete, and 12 of the 16.2 miles are under active construction, with over 850 craft men and women working on the project.

Photo Courtesy of PLTP & MTA MDOT

In the past six months, crews have undertaken work to relocate utilities on East Bonifant Street, installed erosion and sediment controls and storm water management facilities for construction, and tree clearing for utility relocation along Wayne Avenue and Sligo Creek. Survey work and overhead/underground utility work continues. As we reported a few newsletters ago, Phase 1 of the retaining wall installation at Silver Spring International Middle School has been completed as has been the demolition of a portion of the Falkland Apartments and pier construction for the LRV bridge over WMATA’s Red Line.

Photo Courtesy of PLTP & MTA MDOT

Looking ahead to the next six months, clearing and grubbing will occur along 16th Street from Spring Street to Colesville Road, and utility relocation work will continue all along the corridor. The demolition and restoration of the Falkland Apartments will be completed. The CCT bridge abutment construction will begin and the LRV abutment construction will continue.

For those interested in how those two aspects will affect traffic, during installation of both bridges a staging area with a mobile crane will be placed in the center of Colesville Road. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the full closure of Colesville Road occurring during three weekends to install the CCT bridge portion in early winter 2020. Overnight closure of Colesville Road will be required for the erection of the LRV bridge happening at the same time (winter 2020).

Along Bonifant Street, new long-term traffic patterns will be implemented including the closure of Bonifant Street (West) occurring late November 2019 and the closure of the eastern portion occurring a few months later in winter 2020. There will be pedestrian walkways with safety fencing to separate work zones from pedestrians and, the best news is that local access to businesses will be maintained. Once reopened, Bonifant Street will permanently be a one-way westbound street. A 30-day notice will be provided via the notification system and local access will be maintained for pedestrian and vehicles needing to access the parking garages and surrounding buildings.

Photo Courtesy of PLTP & MTA MDOT

On Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street to Manchester, overhead utility relocations will occur, as well as storm drainage installation. And, at Silver Spring International Middle School, the parking lot construction is continuing, along with the retaining wall, and a 6” storm drain outfall at Sligo Cabin Park. During Phase 1 (winter 2020), traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the south side of Wayne Avenue. During this time, there will be no left turn from eastbound Wayne Avenue onto Sligo Creek Parkway. Drainage work at Sligo Creek will be performed at night during this phase so trail access will not be impacted.

Important: the presentation included detailed slides of many of the Zone Details, so if construction delays and pain points in this area affect your commute, please click here to view the full presentation: Silver Spring Community Advisory Team

In closing, Carla Julian mentioned that the concessionaire is partnering with schools in the community by having female engineers work with STEM students. Awesome!

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Next Purple Line NOW Forum: Stay tuned for an announcement of the next Purple Line NOW forum happening late winter 2020!
  • Upcoming CATs:
    • October 29: Bethesda
      7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
      North Chevy Chase Elementary School
      3700 Jones Bridge Road (All-Purpose Room)
      Bethesda, MD 20815
    • November 5: Riverdale & Glenridge/New Carrollton
      6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
      Purple Line Project Office
      6811 Kenilworth Avenue, 1st Floor Training Room
      Riverdale, MD 20737
    • November 12: Greater Lyttonsville/Woodside
      7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
      Rosemary Hills Elementary School
      2111 Porter Road (All Purpose Room)
      Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

Can You Help Purple Line NOW Continue Its Work?

If you haven't already given this year, would you consider a donation to Purple Line NOW? We have reprinted the appeal here as it contains all the bits you might want to know about what we do with your donations - those dollars work hard!

As we reported earlier this year, we here at Purple Line NOW have shifted our energy from our prior focus of advocating for funding and approval of the project to the daunting task of keeping communities along the Purple Line corridor up-to-speed regarding breaking news, construction woes, and exciting new developments being built around the new line.

Purple Line NOW operates on a very small budget and, as you know, we don’t hold special event fundraisers. Instead, we rely on an email outreach to our most dedicated supporters to help us meet our bottom line each year during our fall appeal campaign.

To that end, we ask for your financial support so that we may continue our work. Donating is easy via our secure link or by sending a check through the mail – all the information to do so can be found on our website.

Below, you will read what it is we do each year with your generous donations. As always, we are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Just shoot us an email or give us a ring.

A reminder: Purple Line NOW does not receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We operate solely on donations from individuals and businesses like you who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work each year.

How Will Purple Line NOW Use My Donation?

As we said, Purple Line NOW exists on a very slender budget. Our work is done by a dedicated and hardworking group of volunteers, as well as one quarter-time employee. We pay for our website maintenance and for the resources needed to reach the community through email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our popular educational forums – as you know, these events are always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)

Purple Line NOW News

With your support, Purple Line NOW has published a bi-weekly, information-packed newsletter with the latest in construction news, photos, and insider information to keep you on top of what is going on in the field. We have a large following and we are often surprised that readers come from all over the country, from Baltimore to California! Thanks to the many volunteer contributors who help us write and release the newsletter every other week. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen! Did you know you can view all of our previous newsletters on our website?!

Envisioning the Purple Line Series

We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of forums hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Just last month, we held an update in Chevy Chase, focused on Completing the Capital Crescent Trail where we brought in the CEO of the Purple Line Transit Partners (the builders), Montgomery County councilmembers, bicycle and trail advocates, and others to offer lots of information to the 70+ folks who attended. We try to do at least two events each year around the Purple Line Corridor. Previous events have been held in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Riverdale Park, University of Maryland, College Park, and more. We are currently working hard on organizing the next forum, so stay tuned!

Connecting People

Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW serves as an unofficial clearing house of sorts for calls from residents and businesses who are looking for answers to issues they are experiencing while the project is under construction. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do try to connect folks with the proper resources.

Sharing Information

Purple Line NOW board members have a long tradition of attending hearings, testifying on behalf of the project, being a part of Purple Line-oriented neighborhood groups, and connecting to elected officials on behalf of the Line. Our volunteer board leadership continues to meet every single month in person, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas to keep the project on track. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Many of our members stay on top of transit news through their membership and support of other local and regional transit organizations and many are also very active on the neighborhood Community Advisory Teams.

Maintaining a Presence

Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter and through our website, Purple Line NOW. If you haven’t signed up for those, do so today. You’ll get the latest news and be able to participate in discussions happening on those platforms.

Remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website, as well as in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

We are grateful for your consideration of our request and for your support, financial and otherwise. We wish you a happy and healthy fall season.

Get Connected!

Make sure you are signed up for timely alerts from Purple Line NOW via our Twitter and Facebook pages, and at our website Purple Line NOW.


Purple Line NOW News - October 9, 2019

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:

  • Silver Spring Plaza Construction and Cyclists
  • Early Opening of the Purple Line
  • Metro Ridership Numbers Up
  • Financing Urban Tree Canopy Programs
  • October Community Advisory Team Meetings
  • Purple Line NOW Needs Your Financial Help - Please Consider a Donation Today

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Please feel free to share this newsletter - no permission from us needed! You can always find a link to our newsletter on our Purple Line NOW website which makes it easy to share with your friends, neighbors, constituents, customers, and employees.

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

For today's newsletter, we have a series of brief updates for you along the Purple Line corridor:

Silver Spring Plaza and Cyclists
The plaza between the Silver Spring Metro station and the Silver Spring Transit Center is under construction, which has resulted in the temporary closure of adjacent bike racks. After reading about the confusion on social media and then visiting the site in person, Purple Line NOW reached out to the concessionaire about a week ago to see if we could get more way-finding signage to help bikers find the alternate locations for bike racks during construction. We are happy to report, they responded quickly and the multiple types of signs have already been created and installed. A-frame signs, small posters on the perimeter fences, and metal bike rack signs all work together to lead bikers from the old location to the new biker location. Depending on the direction you are coming from, Purple Line NOW Vice President and Silver Spring Metro commuter Greg Sanders also suggests that, "if you don't mind doubling up, consider taking your bike under the bridge by the Penguins mural and parking by the entrance on the NOAA."



As always, if we can help solve a problem, let us know and we’ll do our best to connect you with the right people. You are often among the first to know of construction pain points in your community, and when you reach out to us, we work to make sure those concerns reach the right people.

Early Opening
As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, the Purple Line will open in two stages, the first in late 2022, and the rest just a few months later, in 2023. 

As you probably know, the test track, about two miles long, will likely be the part of the segment that opens first. The track is along Veterans Highway in Prince George’s county. Maryland transit officials have promised more details by the end of year.

More information can be found in this September 19 Washington Post article. 

Metro Ridership Numbers
WMATA reported that daily passenger trips are up 2.3% in the first half of 2019 and 3.3% in the second quarter of 2019 (compared to last year during the same time period.) This is good news for all in our area, and especially for the Purple Line as we draw closer to opening day! You can read more about the numbers, nation-wide, here: A Glimmer of Hope as Ridership Rebounds.

Financing Urban Tree Canopy Programs: Guidebook for Local Governments in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
This document from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay presents "practical strategies for funding and financing municipal urban tree canopy (UTC) programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Its target audience is policy makers and urban forestry managers in towns and cities throughout the region, but its content may be of interest to anyone involved in promoting the development and maintenance of thriving community forests."

You can link to the Guidebook here: Chesapeake Trees

An Update in Photos
We’ve written about many of these areas of construction along the route, but wanted to bring you some photos of crews in action. Thanks to MTA for sending these our way!


Manchester Place

Silver Spring International Middle School

Silver Spring Transit Center

Ellin Road
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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

October Community Advisory Team Meetings

  • October 10
    Silver Spring
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Silver Spring International Middle School
    313 Wayne Avenue (Media Center)
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • October 15
    University Boulevard
    6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School
    8201 15th Avenue
    Hyattsville, MD 20783
  • October 22
    Long Branch
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Oak View Elementary School
    400 E. Wayne Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • October 29
    Bethesda
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    North Chevy Chase Elementary School
    3700 Jones Bridge Road (All-Purpose Room)
    Bethesda, MD 20815
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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

Can You Help Purple Line NOW Continue Its Work?

If you haven't already given this year, would you consider a donation to Purple Line NOW? We have reprinted the appeal here as it contains all the bits you might want to know about what we do with your donations - those dollars work hard!

As we reported earlier this year, we here at Purple Line NOW have shifted our energy from our prior focus of advocating for funding and approval of the project to the daunting task of keeping communities along the Purple Line corridor up-to-speed regarding breaking news, construction woes, and exciting new developments being built around the new line.

Purple Line NOW operates on a very small budget and, as you know, we don’t hold special event fundraisers. Instead, we rely on an email outreach to our most dedicated supporters to help us meet our bottom line each year during our fall appeal campaign.

To that end, we ask for your financial support so that we may continue our work. Donating is easy via our secure link or by sending a check through the mail – all the information to do so can be found on our website.

Below, you will read what it is we do each year with your generous donations. As always, we are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Just shoot us an email or give us a ring.

A reminder: Purple Line NOW does not receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We operate solely on donations from individuals and businesses like you who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work each year.

How Will Purple Line NOW Use My Donation?

As we said, Purple Line NOW exists on a very slender budget. Our work is done by a dedicated and hardworking group of volunteers, as well as one quarter-time employee. We pay for our website maintenance and for the resources needed to reach the community through email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our popular educational forums – as you know, these events are always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)

Purple Line NOW News

With your support, Purple Line NOW has published a bi-weekly, information-packed newsletter with the latest in construction news, photos, and insider information to keep you on top of what is going on in the field. We have a large following and we are often surprised that readers come from all over the country, from Baltimore to California! Thanks to the many volunteer contributors who help us write and release the newsletter every other week. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen! Did you know you can view all of our previous newsletters on our website?!

Envisioning the Purple Line Series

We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of forums hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Just last month, we held an update in Chevy Chase, focused on Completing the Capital Crescent Trail where we brought in the CEO of the Purple Line Transit Partners (the builders), Montgomery County councilmembers, bicycle and trail advocates, and others to offer lots of information to the 70+ folks who attended. We try to do at least two events each year around the Purple Line Corridor. Previous events have been held in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Riverdale Park, University of Maryland, College Park, and more. We are currently working hard on organizing the next forum, so stay tuned!

Connecting People

Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW serves as an unofficial clearing house of sorts for calls from residents and businesses who are looking for answers to issues they are experiencing while the project is under construction. We don’t always have all the answers, but we do try to connect folks with the proper resources.

Sharing Information

Purple Line NOW board members have a long tradition of attending hearings, testifying on behalf of the project, being a part of Purple Line-oriented neighborhood groups, and connecting to elected officials on behalf of the Line. Our volunteer board leadership continues to meet every single month in person, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas to keep the project on track. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Many of our members stay on top of transit news through their membership and support of other local and regional transit organizations and many are also very active on the neighborhood Community Advisory Teams.

Maintaining a Presence

Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter and through our website, Purple Line NOW. If you haven’t signed up for those, do so today. You’ll get the latest news and be able to participate in discussions happening on those platforms.

Remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website, as well as in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

We are grateful for your consideration of our request and for your support, financial and otherwise. We wish you a happy and healthy fall season.

Get Connected

Make sure you are signed up for timely alerts from Purple Line NOW via our Twitter and Facebook pages, and at our website Purple Line NOW.



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