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Purple Line NOW News - July 5, 2023

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • Why We Ask for Support
  • Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
    • Survey: Input Requested for Maryland's Transportation Future
    • Lt. Gov. Miller Provides Updates on Purple Line
    • Purple Line NOW Forum
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • Photos Around the Corridor

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What' Happening


A Purple Line NOW Appeal

A big THANK YOU to all who answered our call for financial support a few weeks ago! If you don't see your name on our website list of sponsors, we hope you will consider a gift to Purple Line NOW. For those who may have missed it, we are reprinting our appeal below and ask for your help to continue our work:

We are making an appeal to those of you who have not contributed to Purple Line NOW in a while and to those who have never donated to our organization. For those of you who are new to us, you may not realize that Purple Line NOW does not do any special event fundraising, nor are we underwritten by any organization or company. Everything we do -- all the advocacy, newsletters, educational webinars -- is supported by our donors. We operate on a tiny budget (under $20,000 a year) and when our coffers get low, we ask our supporters to consider a donation to us.

To that end, we wanted to reach out to you with a quick update on the status of the Purple Line project and to ask for your support.

As you know, Purple Line NOW was established to promote the approval and funding of the Purple Line project. After more than 20 years of advocacy, we were thrilled when the project was finally approved. We had worked tirelessly to ensure that the Purple Line would become a reality, and we are proud of our efforts.

However, we have learned that since construction began, the challenges to completing the project have continued. Nevertheless, we remain convinced that the Purple Line will have an incredibly positive impact on the quality of life for commuters and travelers in our region. We believe that the Purple Line will provide a vital connection between neighborhoods, universities, and job centers, and will help to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

Despite the challenges, we here at Purple Line NOW have continued to work as a conduit between the community and builders so that questions and concerns can be addressed. We have advocated for a final product that is a real asset for the communities it will serve. We have also been working to raise awareness of the benefits of the Purple Line and to build support for the project.

However, we cannot do this work alone. We rely on the support of donors like you to help us continue our efforts. We are asking for your help once again to ensure that the Purple Line project is completed as planned, and that it serves the needs of our community.

Your donation will help us continue our advocacy efforts and ensure the Purple Line project is a success.

If you are a previous donor, thank you for your past gift to us and for your consideration of continuing your support into the future. If you are not sure whether you contributed to us in the past year, check out our current donors on our website. (All donors are listed for a year following their donation.)

If you are new to us, welcome! Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

The "DONATE" button below will take you directly to the donation page. Thank you in advance for your consideration and for all you do for our community!


Features and Highlights


Survey: Input Requested for Maryland's Transportation Future

This survey provides you with an opportunity to inform the state about your suggestions for improving Maryland's transportation future. Let them know what key outcomes the state should prioritize, where areas of concern are located, and how you would budget to create a more inclusive and equitable 20-year transportation vision! Take the survey here (but, hurry, it closes on July 10!)

Lt. Gov. Miller Provides Updates on Purple Line

Lt. Governor Aruna Miller gave an update on the Purple Line at a recent monthly meeting of the Action Committee for Transit. Miller revisited the cause for the delay in opening day, as well as the cost overrun, but added that, "Currently, about 400 employees at 50 sites are working, mostly to relocate utilities. That work is about 70% complete." You can read more about her remarks at the following link. (Pollak, S., "Lt. Gov. Miller Provides Updates on Purple Line." Montgomery Community Media, 14 June 2023.)

Purple Line NOW Forum

We are working to pull together a forum headlined by both the Prince George's and Montgomery counties' Planning Boards for late summer/early fall. Stay tuned and watch this space for more information!

Construction Updates


Photos From Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

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