You Are Invited: Forum Seven | Completing the Capital Crescent Trail

We are pulling together a fantastic panel which will include Peter Gray, Board Member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Montgomery Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Andrew Friedson, as well as a representative from the Purple Line Transit Partners (the folks who are building the project) and the Montgomery County Planning Board. The event will be on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815).

Please reserve your seat today.

The event, as always, is free and open to the public, but seats must be reserved in advance due to space limitations – we have about 75 seats for both the public and the media.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested in attending this very informative evening - trail users, community groups, and transit lovers alike! Please contact us at cscott@purplelinenow.com with any questions.

Thanks to our many sponsors who make our work possible! (Scroll down to see the list of these generous folks.)

If you have a moment, we hope you'll consider a donation to Purple Line NOW. We rely on your donations to host this popular and educational series and your sponsorship of this signature series is an ideal opportunity to support us and the work that we do. If you support the Purple Line - this is a terrific way to let the community know it!

As you know, Purple Line NOW operates on a bare bones budget - and we spend every dime we raise to make sure the project is the best it can be by providing educational opportunities like this for those communities along the Purple Line route, by testifying before local, state, and federal entities, and by providing regular information regarding the progress and any major project developments through our website, Twitter, and Facebook. Please take a moment, especially if you haven't given this year, to become a sponsor. Your name or your business name will be highlighted at all of the fora in the Envisioning the Purple Line series, as well on our website.

WE APPRECIATE THE GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM OUR SPONSORS!

FEATURED SPONSORS:

THE CHEVY CHASE LAND COMPANY

THE MALLOY AND SANDERS FAMILY

TINA, DON, AND JESSIE SLATER

THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (UMUC)

 

SUPPORTING SPONSORS:

ATU Local 689

Bee and Brian Ditzler

 

ENGINEERS:

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Nancy and Rob Soreng

 

CONDUCTORS:

Action Committee for Transit

Anne Ambler

John Carroll

Dr. Troy Jacobs and Dr. Kawsar Talaat

Christine Scott and JohnR Llewellyn

Sam Statland

Patrick Wojahn

 

PASSENGERS:

Tim Anderegg, Dave and Linda Anderson, Elizabeth Barbehenn, Charles Bell, Ralph Bennett, Glen Bottoms, Douglas Bowen, Casey Brennan, Jeff Cronin, Ronit Dancis, Jonathan Elkind, Joseph Fainberg, Miti Figueredo, Patrick Flaherty, Cody Gebel, Virginia Haufler, David Hondowicz, Melanie Isis, Kevin Kirby, Mary Lanigan, Rhonda Long, Greg Madde, William Mallari, Judith Morenoff, Anita Morrison, Rodolfo Perez, Mark Posner, Jason Poteat, Dan Reed, Gareth Rosenau, Ben Ross, Frederick Schultz, Elizabeth Shannon, Bill Strein, Eric Talbot, Jerry Withers, William Young


Purple Line NOW News - May 22, 2019

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

  • An Announcement for the Next Purple Line NOW Forum - Completing the Capital Crescent Trail
  • An Update on New Development Around the Purple Line Corridor
  • An Appeal to Help Purple Line NOW Continue Its Work - All Levels Welcome!

Save the Date for the Next Purple Line NOW Forum

We are excited to announce the next forum in our Envisioning the Purple Line series will be on July 25 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The long-requested topic will be: Completing the Capital Crescent Trail.

We are busy pulling together a fantastic panel with representatives from Montgomery County Council, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Purple Line Transit Partners (the folks who are building the project), and the Montgomery County Planning Board. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

An official invitation will arrive in your email box next week – make sure you click on the link in the invitation to reserve your seat. The event, as always, is free and open to the public, but seats must be reserved in advance due to space limitations.

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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

Development Spurred by the Purple Line

Last Friday, a multidisciplinary and cross-regional panel at the Urban Land Institute discussed changes spurred by the Purple Line and why those changes will matter for our communities. Panelist and Montgomery County Planning Board Chair, Casey Anderson observes, “Even those that won’t use the Purple Line will still benefit from a focus [on] the neighborhood... It creates places that are affordable, but also a good quality of life because they have services and amenities that are convenient.”

American University Radio WAMU 88.5 reported that the panelists expect "communities on the eastern side of the corridor, between College Park and New Carrollton, are likely to see the greatest growth opportunities. Areas like Riverdale have more room to add new development without disrupting existing neighborhoods."

The panel also discussed affordable housing, a topic this newsletter intends to delve into more detail about in a future edition. You can read more in WAMU's article, As The Purple Line Moves Forward, When And Where Will Development Take Off?

This past month has also brought concrete examples of new projects currently under construction, just broke ground, or planned for future construction around the Purple Line. 

On May 7, Maryland Today, a publication from the University of Maryland’s Office of Strategic Communications, announced they were breaking ground on a 105,000-square-foot office building located at 4600 River Road. This project is a joint venture between Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and the University of Maryland. The building will have four stories of office space and will be located in the UMD’s Discovery District in College Park. The Discovery District is, according to the University’s website, “the epicenter of academic, research and economic achievement and will strengthen existing research partnerships, retain a pipeline of talent locally and offer more experiences for residents, faculty, staff and students.” The Purple Line, once completed, will be nearby and provide a direct link to the main UMD campus.


Rendering Courtesy of COPT

According to the same Maryland Today article, the building will have a courtyard, outdoor gathering spaces, and even a café. A tech company which offers online security training, Cybrary, will anchor the building.

The aforementioned panel discussion also brought news of a new $150 million project which will be a mixed-use development in the works along Route 1 in College Park planned by Bozzutto Development. According to WAMU, this will be the "first major non-student housing project in the area, with housing for nearly 400 residents.” 

Chevy Chase Lake, a development being planned on Connecticut Avenue will have a Purple Line station right at its location. Nearly 750,000 square feet of residential and retail space will be housed in the development. The development is scheduled to be finished before the Purple Line opens.

If you know of more development along the route, send them our way and we’ll make note of it in a future email.

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

Next Forum: Completing the Capital Crescent Trail

We are busy pulling together a fantastic panel with representatives from Montgomery County Council, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Purple Line Transit Partners (the folks who are building the project), and the Montgomery County Planning Board. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

An official invitation will arrive in your email box next week – make sure you click on the link in the invitation to reserve your seat. The event, as always, is free and open to the public but seats must be reserved in advance due to space limitations.

Upcoming Community Advisory Teams

May 29, 2019
University Boulevard
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room)
8201 15th Avenue
Langley Park, MD 20783

June 5, 2019
Bethesda/Chevy Chase
7 – 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

Purple Line NOW Needs Your Sponsorship Today

Sponsorship is another way to help Purple Line NOW continue our efforts to bring you important Purple Line related news and information via our newsletters, outreach, and public events. Our organization has been around for a long time and is almost entirely run by dedicated volunteers. We don't hold big fundraisers and we do 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 who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work.

If you need more information before you push the donate button, we sent out a request a few weeks ago that will give you a good, indepth idea of how hard we make your donations dollars work. Click here to read all about what we do with your donations!

All levels of sponsorships are welcomed and appreciated!

As always, we are happy to share financial information about our operating expenses and our income. Just shoot us an email or give us a call. When we say we do a lot on a skinny budget, we mean it. We try to only ask for donations when our bank account gets low enough to make our treasurer nervous - and that is usually around the $3,000 mark.  

We hope you will consider joining the sponsors already on board (you can see these awesome folks here) – and remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website and in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

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 - May 9, 2019

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

  • The Debut of MTA's Redesigned Purple Line Website
  • Riverdale and Glenridge/New Carrollton CAT Meeting Summary and Art-in-Transit
  • Our Treasurer is Nervous, Consider a Sponsorship to PLN Today - All Levels Welcome!

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

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

Highlights from the MTA Website Redesign

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) made a big announcement at the April 30 Community Advisory Team (CAT)  meeting in Riverdale Park. They have launched an updated version of their Purple Line website, PurpleLineMD.com.

The new home page looks pretty snazzy and the site is still the place to go to sign up for construction updates, to see CAT materials, and even to see the P3 contract. However, what we're most excited about is the addition of some long-requested content. The most fun to browse may be found by clicking on the new “Gallery” tab at the top of the page. Here, you’ll find lots of photographs showing the progress of construction.

Additionally, you can go to the "Public Involvement" tab to see the materials the state has been presenting both at special purpose neighborhood meetings, such as the Greater Lyttonsville Community Meeting that took place before the bridge construction, as well as overall project summaries presented to the Montgomery and Prince George's Councils. We've previously been able to share some of these materials with you, our newsletter readers, but we are glad the full range of materials is now officially available.

We will definitely be highlighting relevant parts of the site in future newsletters, but please let us know if you find something particularly interesting in your own exploration!

Riverdale and Glenridge/New Carrollton Community Advisory Team Summary

The first meeting of the latest series of Community Advisory Teams was held on April 30 and focused on the section of the project from Riverdale Park through New Carrollton, which encompasses Beacon Heights, as well as the new maintenance yard at Glenridge. The Riverdale and Glenridge/New Carrollton CAT meeting presentation is on the new website in both English and Spanish.

The presentation included a number of interesting topics, including the art-in-transit program, construction progress with a particular focus on Ellin Road, and concerns about Glenridge construction noise. We encourage you to view the presentation and holler back to us if you have any questions - we'll try to get the answers for you.

We were entranced by the art plans at the elevated Riverdale Park station, which, according to their presentation, will create a “dynamic experience where vertical folded columns gently sway offering the public an iconic gateway outside of the station entrance. The kinetic sculpture is activated by engagement; as people sit in the folded seats it will cause the columns to gently sway and reflect a play of colored lights above them." We can't wait to see this!

A lot of terrific citizen input, public official advocacy, and county resources have gone into making sure the Riverdale Park station will be effectively integrated into the community and we are glad to see the appearance of the ground level approach has not been neglected. Check out the presentation for a preview of the art at the other three stations!

We'll have a wrap-up of the May 7 CAT meeting in College Park in our next newsletter.

Have any questions about who handles what aspect of the design, construction, or maintenance of the line - or anything else Purple Line-related, for that matter? Just drop us an email and we'll find an answer for you.

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

Next Envisioning the Purple Line Forum

We are working on the next Purple Line NOW forum happening this summer. The topic will be "Completing the Capital Crescent Trail" and will be held at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase. We will announce the date and time very soon, so watch this space. We expect a good crowd for this forum. As always, all of our fora are free and open to the public and media, but we require a seat reservation, so look for your invitation to arrive in your email box soon. We are working on a terrific and informative panel of speakers who will bring us all up to speed on the trail as it relates to the Purple Line.

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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

Purple Line NOW Needs Your Sponsorship Today

Sponsorship is another way to help Purple Line NOW continue our efforts to bring you important Purple Line related news and information via our newsletters, outreach, and public events. Our organization has been around for a long time and is almost entirely run by dedicated volunteers. We don't hold big fundraisers and we do 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 who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work.

If you need more information before you push the donate button, we sent out a request a few weeks ago that will give you a good, indepth idea of how hard we make your donations dollars work. Click here to read all about what we do with your donations!

All levels of sponsorships are welcomed and appreciated!

As always, we are happy to share financial information about our operating expenses and our income. Just shoot us an email or give us a call. When we say we do a lot on a skinny budget, we mean it. We try to only ask for donations when our bank account gets low enough to make our treasurer nervous - and that is usually around the $3,000 mark.  

We hope you will consider joining the sponsors already on board (you can see these awesome folks here) – and remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website and in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

Thank you!

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 - April 24, 2019

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, you'll find a whole bevy of good information:

  • A warm welcome to Peter van der Waart van Gulik and our thanks to Fred Craig
  • A short glossary of all those confusing Purple Line-related acronyms
  • Upcoming Community Advisory Team dates
  • A heartfelt appeal from Purple Line NOW

Grab your coffee (or iced tea as this summery day may necessitate) and have a read!

Purple Line NOW Welcomes New CEO of Purple Line Transit Partners

Purple Line NOW extends a warm welcome to Peter van der Waart van Gulik, incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) after his appointment was announced last week. Purple Line NOW works closely with the concessionaire (the private sector partner of the Maryland Transit Administration) to stay abreast of construction issues and to provide the public in-depth information whenever possible. We look forward to continuing our work with the new leadership of the project’s builder. Mr. van der Waart van Gulik brings nearly 30 years of industry experience with extensive background in public-private partnerships (P3s), both of which will serve the project well. We are also heartened to know that the new CEO has served on the PLTP Board of Directors for the past several years, so he will hit the ground running with a short learning curve.

Our organization also wants to take a moment to highlight the hard work of outgoing CEO, Fred Craig, whose dedication, candor, and management has laid a solid foundation for the project which included the completion of the tunnel excavation and the acceleration of construction following a year-long delay resulting from a frivolous lawsuit. Purple Line NOW is especially appreciative of Mr. Craig’s work to keep the public informed of project status in a forthright and clear manner.

Feel Free to Share

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

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

Who Are All These Groups and What Do They Do?

Confused by all the acronyms surrounding the Purple Line?! This week, we thought would share a short glossary of the some of the most frequently used acronyms and terms and how Purple Line NOW relates to each of them. We’ve even provided a hyperlink where possible so you can read more about the particular group. Fun fact: many of them start with the letter P!

1) CATs (Community Advisory Teams)

MTA has divided the 16-mile Purple Line corridor into eight areas, each represented by a Community Advisory Team (CAT). The MTA and Concessionaire have committed to maintaining open dialogue with the communities surrounding the Purple Line via CATs with the objective of building a long-term relationship through completion of the project. The CATs are member-driven teams with representatives appointed from neighborhood and civic associations adjacent to the alignment. There are also representatives from business associations and local governments. Purple Line NOW Board and Team members sit on many of these CATs and bring information back to our organization regarding issues and hurdles any particular community is experiencing. The CAT materials are one of the best sources for detailed information about current and near term construction plans.

 2) Concessionaire

The concessionaire is the entity responsible for designing, building, operating, and maintaining the Purple Line under the supervision of the owner, the state of Maryland. The term "concessionaire" is used because it is a public-private partnership between Maryland and a consortium of companies rather than a single lead vendor. The concessionaire for this project is Purple Line Transit Partners.

3) MTA (Maryland Transit Administration)

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the lead agency, the Purple Line’s owner, and they work in close coordination with other transportation entities, governments, and parks and planning commissions. For the Purple Line, MTA works closely with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Maryland State Highway Administration, and local municipalities in the project area.

4) P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

A P3, in this case, is essentially a partnership between MTA and PLTP to build and operate the Purple Line. The main benefit to using a P3 model is the private capital and alignment of concessionaire incentives with reduced costs and better performance while giving more flexibility to efficiently build and operate the line.

Want to know more about P3s? Here’s a terrific article that does some great explaining: Greater Greater Washington.

5) PLCC (Purple Line Corridor Coalition)

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), formed in 2013, is a multi-sector collaborative led and administered by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) in partnership with a coalition of community organizations, state and local governments, nonprofits, philanthropies, and businesses. PLCC led the creation of the Community Development Agreement for the Purple Line Corridor which articulates a collective vision for vibrant economic and community development along the 16-mile corridor.

Purple Line NOW is a separate entity (we receive no funding from PLCC), but we work closely with them, along with many other organizations, to achieve the goals set out in the Agreement. Last year, Maryland received a $2 million federal grant to help work on some of the goals of the Agreement, especially in the area of economic development, accessibility to the Purple Line stations, and keeping housing affordable along the Purple Line Corridor. NCSG will administer the grant.

6) PLN (Purple Line NOW)

Since you are already receiving our newsletter, you probably know all about us, but just as a refresher, PLN was incorporated in 2002, though many on our team have worked on behalf of the Purple Line for a decade or two before that!

We are a coalition of business, labor, environment, neighborhood, and civic organizations that works with local, state, and federal government officials in pursuit of our mission to build the Purple Line. Our mission is ensure the completion of the light rail Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrollton, integrated with a hiker/biker trail between Bethesda & Silver Spring. We have one quarter-time executive director, but operate mostly on the elbow grease of a large and dedicated team of volunteers. We are governed by a Board of Directors with balanced representation from the environmental, civic, business and labor support for the Purple Line. More about what we are up to now in the section below!

7) PLTP (Purple Line Transit Partners)

PLTP is led by three public-private partnership (P3) developers who will build, operate and maintain the Purple Line. The companies that fall under the Purple Line Transit Partners umbrella are Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line, LLC (Meridiam), Fluor Enterprises Inc. (Fluor) and Star America Purple Line, LLC (Star America). The team will operate and maintain the Purple Line for 30 years after opening.

Have any questions about who handles what aspect of the design, construction, or maintenance of the line - or anything else Purple Line-related, for that matter? Just drop us an email and we'll find an answer for you!

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

Next Envisioning the Purple Line Forum

We are working on the next Purple Line NOW forum happening late spring/early summer 2019. The topic will be the trail and we are already lining up terrific speakers, so stayed tuned for the date announcement and official invitation SOON!

Upcoming CAT Meetings

  • Riverdale & Glenridge/New Carrollton – April 30, 2019, 6:30 – 8 PM
    Purple Line Project Office
    6811 Kenilworth Avenue (1st Floor Training Room)
    Riverdale, MD 20737

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PURPLE LINE NOW ACTION

What Are We Doing With Your Sponsorship Dollars?

We hope you had a chance to consider a sponsorship to Purple Line NOW in last week’s blast. Here’s a cut-to-the-chase version of our need. We are grateful for your support!  

Need a reason to donate? Read on - we simply could not exist without you!

(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 who care about the Purple Line and whose generosity allow us to continue our work.)

Purple Line NOW exists on a very skinny budget – we have only one quarter-time employee, we pay for upkeep and maintenance of our website, and we pay for the resources necessary to get information out to the community through our email blasts, literature, and supplies. We also cover any expenses associated with hosting our regular forums – the event is always free and open to the public (we don’t charge you to attend!)

  • Purple Line NOW News

With your support, Purple Line NOW publishes this 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. It’s a big undertaking and we appreciate your support in making it happen!

  • Envisioning the Purple Line Series

We continue the very popular Envisioning the Purple Line series of fora hosted in a variety of communities along the corridor in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Last year, we held an update in Riverdale Park, focusing on specific construction and development going on in that neck of the woods, and this past January, we took the forum to College Park, where our panel of speakers focused their updates on the College Park corridor. Next, we’ll be heading back to Montgomery County for an update on the completion of the Capital Crescent Trail. Stay tuned for more details on that event soon.

  • Connecting People

Behind the scenes, Purple Line NOW has been a 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 line. Our board leadership continues to meet every single month, as they have done for over a decade, to share information gathered and exchange ideas on keeping the project on track. Purple Line NOW also is a strong supporter of other transit organizations and an active participant in the Purple Line Corridor Coalition. We attend meetings, provide updates, and take notes! Our members are very active on the Community Advisory Teams.

  • Maintaining a Presence

Finally, Purple Line NOW maintains a strong social media presence, staying connected to thousands via Facebook and Twitter via our website, Purple Line NOW.

We hope you will consider joining the sponsors already on board (you can see these awesome folks here) – and remember, with your donation, your name (or your business name) will be listed on our website and in event literature and signage for a year following your donation.

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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