In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:
- What's Happening at PLN?
- Notice Anything Different at Purple Line NOW News?
- Input Needed for our 100th Issue of Purple Line NOW News!
- Are You a Purple Line NOW Donor?
- Purple Line in the News
- Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
- Construction News & Project Features
- Photos from Around the Corridor
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLN?
Notice Anything Different?
Eagle eyes will notice some very subtle changes in our newsletter headings, namely, we are including a section renamed "Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor" so that we can let our readers know when Purple Line "adjacent" activities or meetings are happening along the line. See below for more information about what will be included in this section. We have also expanded the previous "Construction Updates" to include Project Features. That space will not only include actual construction updates, when we have them, but may include highlights from concessionaire briefings, policy changes, etc.
One day soon, we hope to refresh our newsletter so that it provides a more easily readable format. In the meantime, we hope these little tweaks will help you find information you need.
Input Needed for our 100th Issue of Purple Line NOW!
We have just six issues left before our 100th issue of Purple Line NOW News! Thank you to those who have sent blurbs of memories from the early days (specifically, the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s!) We need more! Pictures are particularly fun -- and if someone is rocking those muttonchop sideburns while advocating for what was (eventually) to become the Purple Line, all the better!
If you didn't catch it in our last newsletter, we are planning a commemorative issue and want to take a stroll down memory lane -- back to the beginning of the project, when the idea of a Purple Line was just a hope and a dream. If you were around these parts back then and have photos, an anecdote or two, or even a memory of the work that went into imagining an east-west light rail train, finding support from elected officials, applying for federal funding, or any other hurdle (or achievement), PLEASE send them our way!
We will include as many as we can in the issue. Send to Christine Scott, Executive Director at [email protected]. Thank you!
Help Us Continue Our Work -- Become a Donor Today
Each month, we rotate onto our Donors List those who have made a financial contribution to Purple Line NOW in the previous month. If that includes you, your name will stay on that list for a full year following your contribution. Thank you, thank you!
**If you do not see your name on our Donors List, we hope you will consider helping us continue our work!**
We use every donation we receive to continue our newsletter, continue offering regular webinars, continue being a strong liaison to help connect you to people who can solve your issues, and continue our strong advocacy for the project in every way possible. If you would like to know more about who we are, why we are asking for donations, and what we do with your gift once it arrives on our doorstep, you can read all about it in our November newsletter.
Thank you so much for your consideration! Unless you tell us otherwise, your name will be listed on our website and in publications for a year following your donation.
THE PURPLE LINE IN THE NEWS
Lazo, Luz., "Md. lawmakers push for expanded MARC service." Washington Post, 10 April 2022.
HAPPENING ALONG THE PURPLE LINE CORRIDOR
This is a new category for our newsletter and one in which we hope to capture events, meetings, community discussions, as well as other Purple Line "adjacent" topics that do not specifically have to do with construction. These activities must be connected to the Purple Line in some way, and as we move closer to opening day, lots of activities are planned to bring our communities together to chat or learn about Purple Line-related developments or concerns.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES & PROJECT FEATURES
Photos from Around the Corridor
As we wait for the final details to be closed with the new builder and their work to ramp up along the entire line, here are some photos of the ongoing Purple Line work happening in our communities.
Thank you to a reader, Scott Bonney, for taking the first three photos:
Photo Courtesy: Scott Bonney
From Scott: "The glass, metal and stone lobby of the street level station Purple Line entrance in Bethesda, topped by the Fox5 electronic message board. This will enclose an elevator, stair and escalator down to the Purple Line platform. The green ivy decals cover the glass of the lobby."
Photo Courtesy: Scott Bonney
From Scott: "The image shows the demo of a six-story building to make room for the 25-story Hampden House mixed-use, multi-family over retail tower adjacent to the Red and Purple Line entrances, with the new Avocet Tower and AC Bethesda Hotel in the background."
Photo Courtesy: Scott Bonney
From Scott: "The last image shows the construction in Elm Street for the six high-speed elevators and stairs that will lead down to the Red Line, also stopping at the Purple Line platform level for transfers. The Elm and Wilson are in the background."
Thank you to MDOT MTA for the following photos. And, a great big thank you to the hardworking Purple Line crews, too!
Do you have a snap from around the corridor you'd like to share? Send them along to [email protected]. Photos must be your original. Thanks in advance!