Dear Purple Line NOW News Readers,
We promise to return to our regularly scheduled news reporting in our next issue, but today we dedicate this newsletter to two important and timely topics:
1) A Purple Line NOW Appeal
Today 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!
2) The departure of MDOT MTA Executive Director for the Purple Line Matt Pollack
We send loads of appreciation and a fond farewell to a friend of Purple Line NOW, MDOT MTA Executive Director for the Purple Line, Matt Pollack. Many of you may have met Matt during a Community Advisory Team meeting, at one of PLN's own forums, or as a part of other community outreach endeavors. He was also readily available to answer many of the questions you sent our way regarding construction issues and project plans.
Matt is leaving his post after three years and Veronica Battisti, a spokesperson for the project, has indicated MTA will be conducting a nationwide search for his successor. We wish Matt every success and best wishes as he boards the next train to a new adventure!