Who We Are

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Who We Are

Purple Line NOW! is 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."

Our Vision: The Purple Line will energize Maryland suburbs of the national capital region by integrating transportation systems including exiting Metro and MARC lines and improved bycycle and pedestrian connections.

Our Board: PLN is governed by a Board of Directors with balanced representation from the environmental, civic, business and labor support for the Purple Line. The strength of our organization is in its diversity and we continue to work to expand our base of support. PLN Executive Director Christine Scott works at the direction of the Board to assist in coordinating the PLN advocacy efforts. Ms. Scott can be contacted at cscott@purplelinenow.com.

Organizations supportive of the Purple Line: Support for this project has steadily grown among a wide variety of organizations. We are proud of the organizational diversity on the List of Organizational Supporters.

State and County Elected Officials Supportive of the Purple Line: The 2010 general election proved the Purple Line has very widespread and strong political support. Purple Line NOW! asked all candidates for elective office at the County Council level and above in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties to sign a Pledge to support the Purple Line. Many candidates stepped forward and signed the pledge. Governor O'Malley made building the Purple Line a major issue in his campaign, and he won decisively. Forty of the forty six candidates for the state assembly who pledged to build the Purple Line won their races. Montgomery County and Prince George's County council races were swept by Purple Line supporters. See the list of those candidates who signed the pledge and won at Purple Line Pledge.

We formed in 2002, and are registered as a 501 (c) (4) organization. Our IRS Tax Exemption papers are available (as pdf files) here:
     IRS Form 8718 Application for Tax Exemption
     IRS letter granting 501 (c) (4) status to PLN

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