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Purple Line NOW News - April 24, 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
    • Community Advisory Teams Schedule for Spring Set
    • Election Day is May 14!
    • National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • Summer Red Line Shutdown Information
    • Other 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


Community Advisory Teams Schedule for Spring is Set

Please click on the website to find information on how to join the meeting.

May 2 Riverdale/New Carrollton/Glenridge, 6:00 p.m.

May 7 Silver Spring, 6:00 p.m.

May 9 University Boulevard, 6:00 p.m.

May 14 Bethesda/Chevy Chase, 6:00 p.m.

May 16 College Park, 6:00 p.m.

May 21 Lyttonsville, 6:00 p.m.

May 23 Long Branch, 6:00 p.m.

Election Day is May 14 in Maryland

A friendly reminder to put May 14 on your calendar -- or better yet, vote early or by mail! You can get all the election information details here from how to register, how to request a mail-in ballot, and where your polling place is for Maryland's Presidential Primary and State Primary next month.

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. 

Construction Updates


Summer Red Line Shutdown Information

You have probably heard by now that beginning on Saturday, June 1 through Saturday, August 31, the Red Line will be closed between Glenmont and Takoma. Additionally, the closure will extend to Fort Totten through Saturday, June 29, 2024. Make sure to check out this website to see what types of alternative transportation is available for those who must commute between or through those stations. At a press conference yesterday morning, transportation officials announced that they will be providing dedicated bus lanes and changes to signal timing that "will make the shuttle travel seamless." Express, local, and limited services will be available in addition to new bus-only lanes and traffic mitigations. 

Important Dates and Service Information: June 1 - Aug. 31, 2024
Free shuttle buses replace Red Line trains between Glenmont and Takoma
Station closures: Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, and Silver Spring
Red and Green line available at Fort Totten

Note: The closure will extend to Fort Totten from June 1 - 29 only

Other Items of Interest

News from the Maryland Purple Line Team -- April Newsletter

Photos from Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy of Ross Capon

Photo Courtesy of Ross Capon

Photo Courtesy of Ben Ross

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