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Purple Line NOW News - April 8, 2020

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

  • Important: April 15 Forum POSTPONED
  • Update on Purple Line Community Advisory Team Meetings
  • Progress in Photos Along the Purple Line Corridor

April 15 Forum -- POSTPONED

IMPORTANT: In case you missed our announcement two weeks ago, please be aware that we have postponed our April 15 Forum, Getting Ready for the First Purple Line Ride, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for details as we look for different ways to get the information to you -- perhaps through an online webinar or call-in event -- we will keep you posted. In the meantime, all of us here at Purple Line NOW hope that you remain healthy during this difficult time. Stay safe and wash those hands!

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CONSTRUCTION NEWS TO KNOW

An Update on Spring Community Advisory Team Meetings

Members on the Community Advisory Teams (CATs) were notified this week by MDOT MTA and Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) that in order to be in compliance with Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 guidelines to limit public gatherings to less than 10 people, "the upcoming Purple Line CAT meetings will not be held in our typical in-person meeting format but prerecorded and posted to our website purplelinemd.com. The material presented will follow our typical format to provide an update on the current progress of the Purple Line project."

The meetings are scheduled to begin the week of April 13 and expected to conclude by May 22. CAT meeting presentations will be posted weekly and each CAT area will be "notified one week in advance, as well as when the video is available for viewing." They are asking team members to submit questions within one week after the presentation is posted to outreach@purplelinemd.com. The Purple Line team will then compile the questions and responses which will be also posted online.

Purple Line NOW will continue reporting on the presentations as we have done when they were held in person. As noted, there will be an opportunity for the mix of community organizations represented on the CATs to ask questions, but if you have a question about construction or the Purple Line that you would like us to amplify, please let us know. Make sure to include the station or area about which you are inquiring and we'll make sure your question is raised following the CAT meetings.

Progress Along the Purple Line Corridor - Send Your Photos In!

We had a great response to our request in the previous newsletter for you to snap a few photos to send to us of the Purple Line progress you see happening as you are out on your daily walks (and practicing social distancing!) As we mentioned, because commercial and residential construction has been deemed essential, Purple Line construction continues. Your photos have been a nice way to see the progress along the corridor from our homes during this quarantine.

We'll try to publish as many photos as we can - don't forget to caption your photo and let us know to whom we should give credit! Send photos to: cscott@purplelinenow.com.

This edition's montage comes from two of our readers, Scott Bonney and Scott Sheck, and PLN's Board President, Ralph Bennett. Thank you to each of them for these fantastic images!

Mr. Bonney says, "here are two recent photos of the massive amount of construction around the Bethesda Purple Line Station, with the 24-story high Wilson mixed-use retail/office building topped out and nearly fully glazed. The 29-story high Elm apartment building is on the right side, about six stories from being topped out. Both will overlook the Purple Line Station and the new south entrance for the Red Line in a large new plaza. The foundations of the 24-story Avocet Tower, an office building and AC Hotel are in the foreground of the second photo."


Photo Courtesy of Scott Bonney

Photo Courtesy of Scott Bonney

The following photos of the bridge in the Discovery District in Riverdale Park come to us from Scott Sheck .


Photo Courtesy of Scott Sheck

Photo Courtesy of Scott Sheck

This following photos are of the BW Bridge, the Kenilworth Avenue Bridge, and the Silver Spring Metro Bridge, respectively.


Photo Courtesy of Ralph Bennett

Photo Courtesy of Ralph Bennett

Photo Courtesy of Ralph Bennett

 

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PURPLE LINE NOW NEWS AND EVENTS

IMPORTANT: We are postponing our April 15 Forum, Getting Ready for the First Purple Line Ride, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for details as we look at different ways to get the information to you -- perhaps through an online webinar or call-in event -- we will keep you posted.

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