Purple Line NOW News - January 13, 2021

Happy New Year!

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

  • Help Purple Line NOW and Get a Matching Donation!
  • Thank You to All of Our Generous Donors!
  • Our Annual Top Ten Purple Line Stories Review
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PURPLE LINE NEWS AND EVENTS

Please Help Us Continue Our Work!

As you know, Purple Line NOW has received a generous matching donation to be used to double any donation from $25 up to $1,000 until the goal of $5,000 is reached. Our anonymous donor has currently matched $1,500 in donations!

We know this is a tough time for everyone. If you are able to and can give during this matching campaign, we would sincerely appreciate your consideration. Purple Line NOW needs, on average, about $20,000 a year to continue its work and our bank balance is low.

Please take a moment to see the list of our generous donors below -- those who have contributed in the past year and helped us accomplish our work. If you do not see your name on the list below or if your annual contribution is nearing expiration, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to renew your donation during this period when your generosity will be doubled by the challenge grant!

DONATE

Challenge grants work like this: If you give a gift of $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $1,000, your donation will count as $2,000. Any and all donations are welcome and very much appreciated.

While fundraising for an organization such as ours is never easy -- we hold no special events; we simply ask for help when our bank balance is low -- you have always been generous in your response. That support has allowed us to do our work for over two decades and continue into the future until we are all able to take that first Purple Line ride!

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. 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.

Some of you may not realize that we are a nearly all-volunteer organization, with one quarter-time employee. Our core leadership meets each and every month, now via Zoom, and our full board meets every quarter to discuss and share all that is going on along the corridor, and to determine where Purple Line NOW can best be of service.

We are extraordinarily grateful for all of our supporters -- we simply can't exist without you.

FEATURED DONORS

Chevy Chase Land Company

The Malloy and Sanders Family

SUPPORTING DONORS

ATU Local 689

Tina, Don, and Jessie Slater

ENGINEERS

Elizabeth Barbehenn

Jonathan Elkind

Mary Lanigan

John Robinson

Ben Ross

Nancy and Rob Soreng

CONDUCTORS

Ralph Bennett

Bee and Brian Ditzler

Dr. Troy Jacobs and Dr. Kawsar Talaat

The Martin Architectural Group

Christine Scott and JohnR Llewellyn

Samuel Statland

COMMUTERS

Elizabeth Barbehenn, Gus Bauman, Steve Brigham, John Carroll, Jeff Cronin, John Fay, Jose Galdamez, Neil Greene, Ginanne Italiano, Gerrit Knaap, Jeffrey Lubbers, Daniel Marcin, Debbie and Ray Marquardt, Mark Mesiti-Miller, Anita Morrison, Gareth Rosenau, John Sletteback, Patrick Thornton, Ralph Watkins, College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn

PASSENGERS

Cathy Carr, Margaret Chasson, Benjamin Englert, Patrick Flaherty, Morgan Gale, Bradley Green, Patricia Jackman, Susan Kannel, Nan Marks, Rodolfo Perez, Tom Pogue, Nathalie Peter, Frederick Schultz, Jerry Withers

We appreciate your kindness and generosity, both financially and otherwise. A great big thank you to our anonymous donor whose dedication to the project through this matching grant will make it easier for all our donors to have a significant positive impact on the work we do. Thank you!

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

Instead of a construction update today, we bring you our annual Top Ten Purple Line stories review!

A Look Back at 2020

While 2020 was far from what we had planned, it certainly has made its mark, both in challenges and progress, for the Purple Line project. It has proved to be a rollercoaster ride for all of us as we anxiously awaited news that the project was back on track.

As has become tradition here at Purple Line NOW News, we take a moment each January to look back at the previous year to see what the top Purple Line stories were and the progress the project has made.

While there likely will not be much suspense at what our favorite Purple Line news story was, as we combed through the past twelve months, we are amazed at how often the project made news. Admittedly, it was not always the news we wanted to hear, but certainly noteworthy for reflection.

This year, we bring the top ten most important and impactful Purple Line stories (in our opinion!) to you in chronological order:

10. Third and Final Lawsuit Against Purple Line Dismissed

In April, a milestone was reached when the third and final lawsuit, filed by opponents of the Purple Line, which argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had “improperly allowed construction crews to discharge dredge and fill into streams” was rejected by a federal judge in Maryland.

9.  Firms building Maryland Purple Line say they plan to quit the job over disputes with the state

Back in May, the current group of firms building the line, the Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC), threatened to leave the project if they were not granted additional funding and time to accommodate external challenges. We outlined the situation and our response to it in our May 7 edition of Purple Line NOW News.

8.  A new floral M on UMD Campus

Since 1976, those using the main entrance to the University of Maryland were welcomed by an ‘M’ made of flowers in the middle of a traffic circle. The Purple Line serves the heart of the University via Campus Drive, which resulted in the University briefly having two ‘M’s to ensure that the landmark was always present, even during the transfer. When the Purple Line is complete, the University and surrounding College Park community will be served by five stops.

7. Judge orders Purple Line contractors to stay on job until mid-September

In August, a Baltimore judge ordered workers to stay on the job until mid-September, giving the state and the concessionaire more time to reach a settlement. We were cautiously optimistic that the extension might produce a resolution and crews could get back to work.

6. Getting Ready for the First Purple Line Ride Forum showcases progress under challenging conditions

The project had reached 28% completion by spring of 2020, even as safety restrictions for the pandemic went into place. Our August 2020 online webinar forum included an update from project staff, as well as local elected officials and planners, who discussed how we can prepare for the economic benefits of the Purple Line. Additionally, the presenters answered related questions of how we can help make sure that existing residents and businesses can participate in this brighter future. The forum also went deeper into some of the private sector construction and development taking place around the Purple Line corridor, including at Chevy Chase Lake in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.

5.  Maryland takes over contracts on Purple Line construction after contractor quits

In briefings to both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) introduced the team that would be managing the project going forward, even while the State and concessionaire continued negotiations: Greg Slater, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Kevin Quinn, Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA), and Matt Pollack, Purple Line Project Director, MDOT/MTA.

The team said that within four to six months, they would have a better idea of a path forward and what kind of package they will put together. Much of it will depend on how the litigation falls out, but Quinn said it is their intent that construction will continue during that time.

The good news to come out of these briefings was that the state would continue working on the project, completing utility relocations, and other aspects of construction.

4.  Art-In-Transit Contracts Signed

Last autumn, during the Community Advisory Team meetings, it was announced that 18 of 22 Art-in-Transit contracts have been fully executed. Eight of those contracts are in Montgomery County and include the following stations: Connecticut Avenue, Lyttonsville Station (2 artists), Silver Spring Metro, Silver Spring Library, Dale Drive, Long Branch, and Piney Branch. Those in Prince George’s County include Takoma Langley, Riggs Road, Adelphi Road, Campus Drive, Baltimore Avenue/College Park/UMD, College Park Metro/UMD, Riverdale Park North/UMD, and New Carrollton

3.  Hogan Commits to Building Purple Line
As the dispute between Maryland and the concessionaire dragged on, we eagerly awaited word from Maryland’s Governor to reaffirm his commitment to build the Purple Line, one way or another. The day after we asked your help in sending that message, Governor Hogan made a public statement, reaffirming his support and the need to swiftly get the project back on track.

2.  Settlement Between State of Maryland and Purple Line Concessionaire is Reached

We received the news the week of Thanksgiving announcing that “the State of Maryland and its partners – Meridiam, Star America and Fluor - today have reached a $250 million agreement that settles all outstanding financial claims and terminates the current litigation between the parties regarding the Purple Line project.” What a way to kick off the holiday season! We were glad to see that this matter has been settled and that all parties involved could get back to building the Purple Line!

1.  Maryland board approves $250 million legal deal to complete Purple Line construction

The last piece of the puzzle was the contract approval by the Board of Public Works which happened in mid-December, capping off a sometimes frustrating, sometimes joyful year in Purple Line news.

We hope you have enjoyed this recap of a busy year for the project! Want more Purple Line stories? You can find all of our newsletters on our website at the link.

Stay Connected!

You do not need our permission to circulate or forward our newsletter. 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.

We are looking forward to a safer, more productive 2021 and wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!


Help Purple Line NOW and Get a Matching Donation!

As you know, Purple Line NOW has received a generous matching donation to be used to double any donation from $25 up to $1,000 until the goal of $5,000 is reached. Our anonymous donor has currently matched $1,500 in donations!

We know this is a tough time for everyone. If you are able to and can give during this matching campaign, we would sincerely appreciate your consideration. 

Purple Line NOW needs, on average, about $20,000 a year to continue its work and our bank balance is low.

Please take a moment to see the list of our generous donors at the bottom of this email -- those who have contributed in the past year and helped us accomplish much of the work we mention below. If you don’t see your name on the list below or if your annual contribution is nearing expiration, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to renew your donation during this period when your generosity will be doubled by the challenge grant!

DONATE

Challenge grants work like this: If you give a gift of $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $1,000, your donation will count as $2,000. Any and all donations are welcome and very much appreciated.

While fundraising for an organization such as ours is never easy -- we hold no special events; we simply ask for help when our bank balance is low -- you have always been generous in your response. That support has allowed us to do our work for over two decades and continue into the future until we are all able to take that first Purple Line ride!

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. 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 that work is beginning anew throughout the Purple Line corridor and that a settlement has finally been reached between the State of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners. Although there are still significant hurdles to scale, we are encouraged to see crews working hard to get things started again.

We are focused on zeroing in on community concerns, and proud to act as a bridge from the community to the builders of the Purple Line. To that end, we have seen a significant uptick in phone calls and emails from residents and businesses alike for answers to issues that have arisen due to construction or concerns over the future of the project. We are proud of our popular Envisioning the Purple Line Series of events we host free of charge to all participants and audience members. These fora will continue as funds allow in 2021. We are thrilled many of you find our widely-read bi-weekly newsletter informative and engaging. 

Some of you may not realize that we are a nearly all-volunteer organization, with one quarter-time employee. Our core leadership meets each and every month, now via Zoom, and our full board meets every quarter to discuss and share all that is going on along the corridor, and to determine where Purple Line NOW can best be of service. 

We are extraordinarily grateful for all of our supporters -- we simply can't exist without you.

FEATURED DONORS

Chevy Chase Land Company

The Malloy and Sanders Family

SUPPORTING DONORS
ATU Local 689

Tina, Don, and Jessie Slater

ENGINEERS
Mary Lanigan

Ben Ross

Nancy and Rob Soreng

CONDUCTORS
Ralph Bennett

Bee and Brian Ditzler

Dr. Troy Jacobs and Dr. Kawsar Talaat

The Martin Architectural Group

Christine Scott and JohnR Llewellyn

Samuel Statland

COMMUTERS
Elizabeth Barbehenn, Gus Bauman, John Carroll, Jeff Cronin, John Fay, Neil Greene, Ginanne Italiano, Gerrit Knaap, Jeffrey Lubbers, Daniel Marcin, Debbie and Ray Marquardt, Mark Mesiti-Miller, Anita Morrison, Gareth Rosenau, John Sletteback, Patrick Thornton, Ralph Watkins, College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn

PASSENGERS
Steve Brigham, Cathy Carr, Maragaret Chasson, Benjamin Englert, Patrick Flaherty, Jose Galdamez, Morgan Gale, Bradley Green, Patricia Jackman, Susan Kannel, Nan Marks, Rodolfo Perez, Tom Pogue, Frederick Schultz, Jerry Withers

We appreciate your kindness and generosity, both financially and otherwise. A great big thank you to our anonymous donor whose dedication to the project through this matching grant will make it easier for all our donors to have a significant positive impact on the work we do.

Thank you!

Purple Line NOW


Purple Line NOW News - December 23, 2020

Happy Holidays!

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. After a year of challenges and hurdles, we look to 2021 to usher in a brighter future full of progress and good health. Stay tuned for the Top Ten Purple Line stories coming in January!

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

  • Double Your Donation to Purple Line NOW - Matching Gift Campaign Continues!
  • Highlights from the Bethesda Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • Highlights from the Riverdale Park/Glenridge/New Carrollton Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • Highlights from the Long Branch Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • Photos of Progress Along the Purple Line Corridor
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PURPLE LINE NEWS AND EVENTS

Please Help Us Continue Our Work!

Thank you to all who have given since we announced last month that we have a very generous donor who will match your donation, dollar for dollar -- from $25 up to $1,000 -- until the goal of $5,000 is reached! To date, we have raised $1,325 toward that goal! We hope you have a moment over the holiday to consider joining our generous donors.

For example, if you give a gift of $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $1,000, your donation will count as $2,000. Any and all donations are welcome, small and large.

Purple Line NOW needs, on average, about $20,000 a year to accomplish the work mentioned above and continue its vigilance in helping to make this project a reality. 

If you don’t see your name on the list, we hope you will consider Purple Line NOW as you make your holiday giving plans. And, if you do see your name on the list, but your annual donation is expiring, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to renew your donation during this period when your generosity will be doubled by the challenge grant!

It is because of this grant, and your participation in it, that we will be able to continue our services throughout the coming year, even as the pandemic has tightened everyone’s purse strings.

We are grateful that work is beginning anew throughout the Purple Line corridor and that a settlement has finally been reached between the State of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners. Although there are still significant hurdles to scale, we are encouraged to see crews working hard to get things started again.

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. 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.

You can easily donate by clicking on the button below.

DONATE TODAY


We appreciate your kindness and generosity, both financially and otherwise. A great big thank you to our anonymous donor whose dedication to the project through this matching grant will make it easier for all our donors to have a significant positive impact on the work we do. Thank you!
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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

Community Advisory Teams

The final three virtual Community Advisory Team meetings were held earlier this month. Although the video presentations have not yet been posted on the MDOT MTA website, the Power Point is available if you would like to learn more. Below, you will find a brief recap of the updates the presentations provided.

Gary Witherspoon, MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications Deputy Project Director; Matthew Pollack, PE, PMP, Executive Director, Transit Development and Delivery; and Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Acting Project Director hosted the meetings.

Bethesda Community Advisory Team Meeting

The Bethesda/Chevy Chase CAT meeting was held on December 8, 2020. The stations in this segment include:

  • Bethesda Metro
  • Connecticut Avenue

As we mentioned before, the team is currently bringing contractors on board, and starting with a select few locations, MDOT MTA is directing the “resumption of on-site construction along the alignment.” As contractors come online, the volume of work will increase.

In the next three to six months, for this segment of the project, the goals are to:

  • Complete Connecticut Avenue LRT bridge substructure concrete
  • Complete Connecticut Avenue CCT bridge substructure concrete
  • Begin construction of parapets on Developer CCT bridge
  • Complete construction of Sleaford Road underpass walls
  • Complete noise walls along the GBT
  • Jones Mill underpass backfill and utility work

Over the next six to twelve months, crews plan to:

  • Complete Rock Creek embankments and stream improvements
  • Begin construction of Lynn Drive underpass
  • Continue bridge construction at Connecticut Avenue and Rock Creek

As with all the CAT meetings, the MDOT MTA team takes questions from CAT members, but also invites anyone with questions to send them in following the presentation. When the question-and-answer list is posted, we will link it for you in a future newsletter.

Riverdale & Glenridge/New Carrollton Community Advisory Meeting

This CAT meeting was posted on December 15, 2020. The stations in this segment include:

  • Riverdale Park-Kenilworth
  • Beacon Heights-East Pines
  • Glenridge
  • New Carrollton Metro

In the short term, over the next three to six months, the team plans to:

  • Continue utility relocations on Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Road, Veterans Parkway, Annapolis Road, and Ellin Road
  • Construction of New Carrollton parking lot
  • Complete Traction Power Substation (TPSS) at Patterson Avenue
  • Wall construction at the Glenridge OMF
  • Glenridge OMF utility work, grading and storm drainage

Goals for the longer term, over the next six to twelve months, are:

  • Wall construction continues
  • Continue utility relocations throughout CAT area
  • Storm drain / sidewalk construction on Kenilworth Avenue
  • Construction of Riverdale Station aerial deck
  • Glenridge Mall bridge construction
  • BW Parkway bridge completion
  • Complete grading from Riverdale Road to Ellin Road and continue test track construction

Long Branch Community Advisory Team Meeting

The meeting was posted on December 17, 2020 and stations in this segment include:

  • Manchester Place
  • Long Branch
  • Piney Branch Road

Throughout the line, for the past quarter, MDOT MTA and the contractors have been working together to continue:

  • Manufacturing light rail vehicles and other key project components, including electrical components, and special track work;
  • Completing final construction designs for storm water management and intelligent transportation systems across the alignment.

Over the next year, crews plan to complete the east portal slab/walls and continue with utility relocations (water, sewer and electrical) on Piney Branch.

Before we close out a year that has been challenging on all fronts, we will leave you with a few photos of progress around the Purple Line Corridor. 

Stay Connected!

We have a new feature for those who prefer to print off our newsletter (or save it to a PDF) instead of reading in your email. If you visit our website and click on the title of the article you wish to print or save, you'll be brought to a page that has a small printer and PDF icon at the top. Click on the one you prefer. You do not need our permission to circulate or forward our newsletter.

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Purple Line NOW News - December 9, 2020

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

  • Double Your Donation to Purple Line NOW - Matching Gift Campaign!
  • Art-in-Transit Update
  • Highlights from the College Park Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • Highlights from the Silver Spring Community Advisory Team Meeting
  • Highlights from the University Boulevard Community Advisory Team Meeting
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PURPLE LINE NEWS AND EVENTS

Community Advisory Team Fall Meeting Schedule

These are the remaining Community Advisory Teams (CAT) meetings for the year:

  • December 15, Riverdale Park/Glenridge/New Carrollton, 6:30 pm
  • December 17, Long Branch, 6:30 pm

Please Help Us Continue Our Work!

Thank you to all who have given since we announced last month that we have a very generous donor who will match your donation, dollar for dollar -- from $25 up to $1,000 -- until the goal of $5,000 is reached!

For example, if you give a gift of $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $1,000, your donation will count as $2,000. Any and all donations are welcome, small and large.

Purple Line NOW needs, on average, about $20,000 a year to accomplish the work mentioned above and continue its vigilance in helping to make this project a reality. Click the link to see a list of all our generous donors.

If you don’t see your name on the list, we hope you will consider Purple Line NOW as you make your holiday giving plans. And, if you do see your name on the list, but your annual donation is expiring, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to renew your donation during this period when your generosity will be doubled by the challenge grant!

It is because of this grant, and your participation in it, that we will be able to continue our services throughout the coming year, even as the pandemic has tightened everyone’s purse strings.

We are grateful that work is beginning anew throughout the Purple Line corridor and that a settlement has finally been reached between the State of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners. Although there are still significant hurdles to scale, we are encouraged to see crews working hard to get things started again.

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. 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.

You can easily donate by clicking on the button below.

DONATE TODAY

We appreciate your kindness and generosity, both financially and otherwise. A great big thank you to our anonymous donor whose dedication to the project through this matching grant will make it easier for all our donors to have a significant positive impact on the work we do. Thank you!

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

Community Advisory Teams

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! We certainly did when we received word the day before that a settlement had been reached in the lawsuit between the Maryland Transit Administration and the project’s concessionaire. You can read more about the settlement in the Washington Post (K. Shaver, Maryland, Purple Line firms reach $250 million, 24 November 2020.)

In the November 11 edition of Purple Line NEWS, we brought you an update from the Lyttonsville/Woodside CAT meeting and today we bring you a short update of the three Community Advisory Team meetings that have occurred since then. We’ll finish the final three CATs meetings in our next newsletter.

CAT meetings, done virtually right now, can be viewed as a video presentation, or you can scroll through the accompanying slide show. All are available at the MTA/MDOT website.

Each presentation includes an overview on the project as a whole, along with specific updates for the respective CAT team community. You can read about the overview in previous newsletters on our website, so we have focused our highlights on the progress happening in each of the respective sectors along the alignment.

For all three of the following presentations, the presenters were:

Gary Witherspoon, MDOT MTA Public Outreach & Communications Deputy Project Director; Matthew Pollack, PE, PMP, Executive Director, Transit Development and Delivery; and Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Acting Project Director.

Gary Witherspoon provide a short update on the Art-in-Transit program for both Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Sixteen of the 22 Art-in-Transit contracts have been fully executed for the following stations in Montgomery County, which include Connecticut Avenue, Dale Drive, Long Branch, Silver Spring Metro, Piney Branch, Lyttonsville Station (two artists), and Silver Spring Library.

Sixteen of the 22 Art-in Transit contracts have also been fully executed for Prince George's County, including Takoma Langley, Riggs Road, Adelphi Road - UMGC - UMD, Campus Drive - UMD, Baltimore Avenue - Campus Drive - UMD, College Park Metro - UMD, Riverdale Park North - UMD, and New Carrollton.

College Park CAT Meeting

The College Park CAT meeting was posted on November 10, 2020. Stations in this segment include:

  • Adelphi Road - UMGC-UMD
  • Campus Drive - UMD
  • Baltimore Avenue – College Park - UMD
  • College Park Metro - UMD
  • Riverdale Park North - UMD

In the near-term, Vernon Hartsock said that construction will continue on the Campus Drive underpass barrier, sidewalk reconstruction, and pump station, as well as the steam and electrical utility work on Campus. On the College Park Metro bus loop, wall construction and storm drain system installation will occur.

Mr. Hartsock also highlighted longer term goals, including continuing with the many storm drain installations and utility relocations (on Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane), and the reconstruction of the roadway east of Baltimore Avenue. Crews are working to complete the embedded track at the Campus Drive underpass and eventually reopen all traffic lanes through the underpass.

The team gives residents a chance to send in questions for a period of time following each CAT meeting. The answers to those pertaining to the College Park CAT have been posted and we are reprinting a few of them here. Check out their website for a full listing of all the questions asked and answered.

Question: Do you expect any portions of the project design to change now that the P3 agreement has ended?*

Response: The status of the P3 agreement is in dispute and a part of pending litigation. Regardless of the outcome of litigation, the Purple Line does not expect any design changes.

Question: What is the prospect for seeking additional federal assistance, should there be a change in executive leadership at the federal level?

Response: Federal participation in the Purple Line project includes a $900 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) and access to Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans. The state is not anticipating additional federal assistance for the Purple Line project.

Question: Will the short-term construction of the bus loop allow for full drop-off and pick-up of passengers on the east side of the Metro station? When is that expected to be finished?

Response: Following construction of the underground work such as storm drain installation and the construction of walls at the College Park-UMD Metro bus loop, “flat work” -- that is, the curb, gutter, sidewalks, railings, and fencing -- remains to be completed before the loop can be reopened. If we can undertake that work in the near future, we will do so. We are very interested in being able to open the bus loop as soon as possible if conditions permit us to achieve that level of progress.

Question: When will Campus Drive be finished?

Response: Campus Drive is a long stretch of road, essentially the entire alignment through the University of Maryland. We are committed in the short-term to work on the underground utilities -- steam and electrical utilities -- on the campus portion of the roadway. Closer to the bus loop, we are working on the underpass in order to remove lane constrictions; however, we do not know, at this time, when we will be able to bring all of Campus Drive to full embedded track and complete its status. We will most likely need our new design-build contractor onboard to take that work to its completion.

Question: How is the project protecting workers in terms of COVID 19?

Response: We are following CDC guidelines and mandating proper protective gear for all our workers and encouraging social distancing as much as possible. We are working diligently to keep them all safe. The contractors are taking additional protective measures such as reducing occupancy in vehicles as they move around the facilities or construction sites, and they are just as concerned about their workers as the workers are concerned about themselves.

*Reminder, this CAT meeting occurred before the announcement of the settlement.

Silver Spring CAT Meeting

The Silver Spring Community Advisory Team meeting was held on November 17, 2020. You can view the entire Power Point presentation and video on their website.

The stations in this segment include:

  • Silver Spring Metro
  • Silver Spring Library
  • Dale Drive

Mr. Hartsock shared that in the near term, roughly three to six months out, crews will be continuing the relocation of underground utilities (those include water, sewer, gas, and tele-communications utilities) and storm drain relocation. Hundreds of walls are being constructed along the line and construction will continue. Crews expect to complete the parking at Kenwood House.

In the longer term, six to 12 months out, Mr. Hartsock said that crews will continue working on those utility relocations along Wayne Avenue, Fenton Street, and Bonifant Street.


Water Relocation -- Wayne Avenue

The full list of questions and answers has not been posted yet, but we will bring those to you when they are up on the website.

University Boulevard CAT Meeting

The University Boulevard Community Advisory Team meeting was held on December 1, 2020. Stations in this segment include:

  • Takoma-Langley
  • Riggs Road
  • Adelphi Road - UMGC - UMD

This is the first CAT meeting held after the announcement of the settlement, which still must be approved by the Board of Public Works in the coming weeks. Once that occurs:

  • Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) will remain as the Concessionaire.
  • PLTP will initiate a solicitation for a new design-build contractor. You’ll remember that the Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC) left the project earlier this year.
  • MDOT and MTA will continue to manage construction during the interim period.
  • PLTP will manage construction completion, start-up and operations.
  • Community collaboration will remain critical to project success.

In the short term, crews will be working on the Northwest Branch Bridge, completing the westbound bridge deck, retaining walls, and roadway paving. They will also continue their work relocating water line and overhead utility relocations.


University Boulevard at Northwest Branch

Over the next six to 12 months, traffic will switch at Northwest Branch bridge to the westbound bridge so that crews can complete the eastbound bridge deck, the retaining walls, and roadway paving.

They will also continue installing sidewalks, gutters, storm drain installation, driveway connections and roadwork widening, along with traffic signal installation.


Water Relocation -- University Boulevard

We'll finish up the CAT team highlights with the final three meetings in the next newsletter.

Stay Connected!

We have a new feature for those who prefer to print off our newsletter (or save it to a PDF) instead of reading in your email. If you visit our website and click on the title of the article you wish to print or save, you'll be brought to a page that has a small printer and PDF icon at the top. Click on the one you prefer. You do not need our permission to circulate or forward our newsletter.

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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