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Purple Line NOW News - April 11 2024

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • Next Purple Line Forum
    • Thank You for Continuing to Support PLN
  • Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
    • National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17
    • Metro’s NEW Real-time Performance Tracking Tool
    • From Our Friends at the Purple Line Corridor Coalition
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • Items of Interest
    • Photos from Around the Corridor

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What' Happening


Next Purple Line NOW Forum

Thanks to a grant from the Purple Line Transit Partners, Purple Line NOW will continue our popular Envisioning the Purple Line Forum series this year! We are busy pulling together an educational and informative event and will announce the panel of speakers and date soon. As always, our events are free and open to the public and media, so keep an eagle eye out for the big announcement!

Thank You for Your Continuing Support!

Our need is ongoing - we operate on a budget between $20,000 and $25,000 each year, so please know that your donation in any amount is welcome and necessary for us to continue our work. You can easily donate by clicking the Purple "Donate" button below. Not sure if you've given in the past twelve months? Check our website to see if your name is listed. Thank you from all of us here at Purple Line NOW!

Features and Highlights


National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will sponsor eight pit stops throughout the County as part of the Washington Region’s participation in “National Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 17. 

MCDOT will sponsor eight pit stops this year, including a new stop in Germantown at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.  

The free pit stop events offer refreshments, music and local vendor displays at varying times throughout the morning of May 17. There will be free raffle prizes and a grand prize raffle of at least one new bike at each of the MCDOT-sponsored pit stops. Residents biking to work, as well as leisure riders, are encouraged to participate.  

Registration to participate is now open.  The first 15,000 bicyclists to register and participate will get a free t-shirt and will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a new bike. Registration is encouraged but not mandatory. 

Metro’s NEW Real-time Performance Tracking Tool

Metro customers now have a new way to track performance and plan their travel with the addition of Metrobus data to MetroPulse, Metro’s real-time performance tracking tool.

MetroPulse, launched last summer, gives customers real-time information on bus and train locations, frequency, schedule adherence, and service advisories to help customers make informed decisions about their travel. MetroPulse is a web application currently in beta form, and it complements other performance tracking tools available at, including quarterly reports and scorecards detailing on-time performance and customer satisfaction. 

From Our Friends at the Purple Line Corridor Coalition

The organization is hosting its annual meeting on April 24 in Riverdale Park. If you are interested in attending, you can find more information and register at the link.

Construction Updates


Some Items of Interest

News from the State: Maryland Purple Line Team Newsletter

News from General Assembly: Shoring Up the Trust Fund

Photos from Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA

View south from Talbot Ave bridge showing Purple Line ROW adjacent to existing CSX/MARC tracks with downtown Silver Spring in background. Photo Courtesy, Webb Smedley

View of Talbot Avenue west of bridge.  CCT is on large sidewalk on right of photo. Photo Courtesy, Webb Smedley

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