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We hope you have registered for the Purple Line Status Update forum on May 4 with Maryland's Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater. If not, there is still time to do so -- click the green button below to register now. As always, the event is free and open to the public and press, but you must register in advance as capacity is limited. We will be recording this event, so if we do fill all of our seats, the recording will be available to view at a later date. 

IMPORTANT: We are taking questions in advance for our terrific panel, so send yours in to [email protected] before Monday at noon and we will do our best to get as many answered as we can during Tuesday's event. If we run out of time, we will do our best to get you an answer post-event. All questions must be submitted in advance, so send 'em in!

Please plan to join us virtually next Tuesday, May 4 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. 

Join us to hear Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater, who will bring us up-to-date on what's happening along the line, the timeline going forward, and other bits of interest to all of us who are eager to get to that first ride.

Secretary Slater's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with key project leaders including:

  • Doran Bosso, CEO, Purple Line Transit Partners
  • Maricela Cordova, Purple Line Implementation Manager, Montgomery County Department of Transportation
  • Matthew Pollack, MDOT MTA Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery
  • Victor Weissberg, Major Projects Manager, Office of the Director, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

Purple Line NOW News - April 21, 2021

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • A Purple Line Update Forum -- Approaching Soon! Reserve Your Seat NOW!
  • Purple Line in the News
  • Features & Highlights
    • Urban Tree Program
  • Construction News
    • Photos from Around the Corridor

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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.

What' Happening

   WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLN?

Time is Running Out! Register for the May 4 Purple Line Update Meeting NOW!

Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 4, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for the next forum in our Envisioning the Purple Line Series -- this one will be a status update of the whole project and we are busy working on a great slate of panelists for you!

As we announced last month, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater, will be our keynote speaker, and will bring us up-to-date on what's happening along the line, the timeline going forward, and other bits of interest to all of us who are eager to get to that first ride. Secretary Slater's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with key Purple Line leaders including Matthew Pollack, MDOT MTA Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery, Maricela Cordova, Purple Line Implementation Manager, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, as well as representatives from Prince Georges County and other project leaders.

You know the ropes by now -- all of Purple Line NOW fora are free and open to the public and press, but you must register in advance as our capacity is limited. We will be recording this event, so if we do fill all of our seats, the recording will be available to view at a later date. But, don't wait! Click the green button below and register for this informative event! 

Please consider a donation to Purple Line NOW so that we can continue to offer these events throughout the year free of charge. We do not host special event fundraisers, nor do we receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We rely solely on support from donors like YOU!

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.

As always, a great big thank you to ALL OF OUR DONORS! We simply could not do our work without your support. If you don't see your name on our website link, you can donate by clicking the purple button below. 

Thank you, thank you!

 

PL in the News

   THE PURPLE LINE IN THE NEWS

Maryland businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5 million in aid (K. Shaver, April 15, 2021, Washington Post)

Maryland lawmakers debate how forests lost to development should be replaced (K. Shaver, April 8, 2021, Washington Post)

Community members talk history of racism and urban renewal along Purple Line corridor (A. Truss-Williams, April 22, 2021, The Diamondback)

Features and Highlights

   FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

Urban Tree Program

During the 2021 Maryland General Assembly, HB 80/SB 359, sponsored by Delegate Lorig Charoudian from Montgomery County and Senator Jim Rosepepe from Prince Georges County, is on its way to the Governor for his signature. Called the Urban Tree Program, once enacted, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be required to develop a program to replace trees that are removed to make way for state transportation projects. The Purple Line is specifically mentioned in the bill. MDOT will be required to consult with various stakeholders such as businesses, community representatives, local governments and residents. The goal of the legislation is to come up with a plan to replace trees from the area where they are removed rather than somewhere off-site. More information about the Urban Tree Program is available in the Fiscal Note. Purple Line NOW will be monitoring the implementation of this and as soon as more information is available, we will let you know how you can become engaged.

Purple Line-Related Events Around the Corridor

  • Don't forget to register for the Purple Line NOW Status Update with a keynote from Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater on Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.
  • We understand that the Community Advisory Team meetings will resume later this spring. As soon as we have dates, we'll publish them in the newsletter.
Construction Updates

   CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Some photos from work happening around the Purple Line corridor from MDOT MTA:

 

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   STAY CONNECTED

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Purple Line NOW News - April 7, 2021

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • May 4 Forum -- Reserve Your (Virtual) Seat NOW!
  • Purple Line in the News
  • Purple Line-Related Events Around the Corridor
  • Photos From Around the Corridor

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.

What' Happening

   WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLN?

Reserve Your (Virtual) Seat NOW!

Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 4, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for the next forum in our Envisioning the Purple Line Series -- this one will be a status update of the whole project and we are busy working on a great slate of panelists for you!

As we announced last month, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater, will be our keynote speaker, and will bring us up-to-date on what's happening along the line, the timeline going forward, and other bits of interest to all of us who are eager to get to that first ride. Secretary Slater's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with key Purple Line leaders including Matthew Pollack, MDOT MTA Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery, Maricela Cordova, Purple Line Implementation Manager, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, as well as representatives from Prince Georges county and other project leaders.

You know the ropes by now -- all of Purple Line NOW fora are free and open to the public and press, but you must register in advance as our capacity is limited. We will be recording this event, so in the event that we do fill all our seats, the recording will be available to view at a later date. But, don't wait, click the green button below and register for this informative event! 

Please consider a donation to Purple Line NOW so that we can continue to offer these events throughout the year free of charge. We do not host special event fundraisers, nor do we receive underwriting grants from any source, government (local or otherwise), nor are we a membership organization (we do not ask for annual dues). We rely solely on support from donors like YOU!

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.

As always, a great big thank you to ALL OF OUR DONORS! We simply could not do our work without your support. If you don't see your name on our website link, you can donate by clicking the purple button below. 

Thank you, thank you!

 

PL in the News

   THE PURPLE LINE IN THE NEWS

USDOT readies American Rescue Plan funds for transit agencies (M. Wanek-Libman, March 30, 2021, Mass Transit)

University of Maryland Discovery District is bringing an innovation neighborhood to College Park (S. Babcock, March 23, 2021, Technical.ly)

 

Features and Highlights

   FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

Purple Line-Related Events Around the Corridor:

Construction Updates

   CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Some photos from work happening around the Purple Line corridor from MDOT MTA:

 

Stay Connected

   STAY CONNECTED

Get Connected

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Purple Line NOW News - March 24, 2021

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • Mark Your Calendars for May 4!
    • Thank you to ALL OF OUR DONORS!
  • Purple Line In the News
  • Photos From Around the Corridor
  • Federal Funding for the Purple Line
  • Purple Line Opponents Appeal Court Decision

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.

What' Happening

   WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLN?

Mark Your Calendars!

Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 4, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for the next forum in our Envisioning the Purple Line Series -- this one will be a status update of the whole project and we are busy confirming a great slate of panelists for you!

As we announced earlier this month, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Slater, will be our keynote speaker, and will bring us up-to-date on what's happening along the line, the timeline going forward, and other bits of interest to all of us who are eager to get to that first ride. Secretary Slater's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with key Purple Line leaders including Matthew Pollack, MDOT MTA Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery. We'll be announcing other panelists soon, but take a moment to mark your calendars so you can join us on May 4! 

The event will be held virtually and you must sign up for the webinar in advance. Stay tuned for the official invitation which will have a sign-up link -- coming soon! 

Thank you to ALL OF OUR DONORS!

Once again, we want to thank all of our donors -- those listed on our website and those who wish to remain anonymous for stepping up over the last few months to take part in our matching gift campaign. A very special thanks to our matching campaign sponsor who renewed their devotion to our cause by offering this matching gift campaign for the second year running!

Your donations will help us continue this newsletter this spring and summer, host the above-mentioned forum in May, and continue our work of staying abreast of the news and connecting residents' issues to problem solvers. 

We know this is a tough time for everyone and we are doubly grateful for your help during this difficult year. You’ve heard us say before that we do all of our work -- the newsletters, the forums, and the outreach -- on a very skinny budget, less than $20,000 a year. Until we take that first Purple Line ride, Purple Line NOW will do our best to continue our work. If you didn't have a chance to contribute during the matching campaign, your donation is no less significant or impactful to us and we appreciate your kindness. You can donate by clicking the purple button below.

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). 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.

PL in the News

   THE PURPLE LINE IN THE NEWS

Purple Line opponents argue that construction violates federal water protections (K. Shaver, March 11, 2021, Washington Post)

Federal American Rescue Plan includes millions for county, transit, education (B. Adhikusuma, March 29, 2021, Bethesda Magazine)

Features and Highlights

   FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

Some photos from work happening around the Purple Line corridor from MDOT MTA:

Construction Updates

   CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Federal Funding for the Purple Line

Did you know that the Purple Line is expected to receive $106 million from the American Rescue Plan stimulus package that was signed into law last week? According to a joint press release issued by Maryland’s Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, “The funding will help keep the Purple Line on track for completion in spite of challenges the State has encountered with the project. This funding will bring the total federal allocation for the Purple Line to more than $910 million since 2009.” 

You can read more here: Federal American Rescue Plan includes millions for county, transit, education(B. Adhikusuma, March 29, 2021, Bethesda Magazine)

Purple Line Opponents Appeal Court Decision

Last week, opponents of the Purple Line appealed their final lawsuit, this one against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, arguing that permits were improperly allowed and thus violated the Clean Water Act.

It is important to note that their arguments were soundly rejected last spring by a U.S. District Court. In fact, according to a Washington Post article, U.S. District Judge Bredar rejected the opponents’ arguments, saying the “state had clearly demonstrated that the Purple Line design under construction was the ‘least environmentally damaging practicable alternative.’” (K. Shaver, Purple Line opponents argue that construction violates federal water protections, March 11, 2021.)

According to the same article, “Lawyers for the Corps and the Maryland Transit Administration said ‘the Corps correctly relied upon the expertise of the Federal Transit Administration in its approval of the project’s required environmental impact study.’”

Purple Line NOW does not expect the ruling by the District Court to be overturned as these supposed environmental objections to the Purple Line have been repeatedly rejected in court by a wide range of judges.

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