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Purple Line NOW News - May 20, 2020

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

  • Purple Line in the News
  • Highlights from the College Park Community Advisory Team Presentation

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Purple Line in the News

We hope you had a chance to read the letter to the editor in the Washington Post (May 15, 2020) from long time Purple Line supporter Brian Ditzler of Silver Spring. Purple Line NOW will also have an official commentary coming out in the next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Make sure you are signed up for timely alerts from Purple Line NOW via our Twitter and Facebook pages, and at our website Purple Line NOW.

Highlights from the College Park Community Advisory Team Presentation

The College Park Community Advisory Team (CAT) presentation was posted on the MDOT MTA website on April 21, 2020. The information for the presentation was provided by Gary Witherspoon, Public Outreach & Communications Deputy Project Director; John Koussis, PLTC Area 3 - Segment 6 - Project Engineer; and Shaquanna Shields, PLTC Communications Supervisor.

With these new CAT meeting presentations comes a series of artist renderings of the stations - not exact replicas, but enough to give us a sense of what the stations may look like. As the slide notes, both the Adelphi Road and College Park metro are center platforms, which means, "the tracks run on either side of the platform with the shelter in the center."

Rendering Courtesy of MDOT MTA and PLTP

As of the date of the presentation, approximately 28% of the construction on the Purple Line is complete -- almost a third done and dusted! You can see the presentation for yourself on their website, but here are some highlights, with thanks to MDOT MTA and PLTP for providing the information to the public.

Starting with Campus Drive West, the ever-present utility relocations have continued, along with storm drain work, and installation of a temporary signal at the intersection of the University Boulevard/Campus Drive and Adelphi Road/Campus Drive intersections. At Campus Drive East, sidewalk demolition has started.

At the University of Maryland, along with the utility relocations, construction has started for the new “M” (while leaving the existing “M” in place for now.) In and around the College Park Metro, the bus loop remains closed and a water line relocation at the station has begun. On River Road, the retaining wall south of the College Park Metro has started and the bridge for the Light Rail over the Anacostia Northeast Branch continued. The girder erection was completed in February.

Slide Courtesy of MDOT MTA and PLTP

Looking ahead to the next six months, the temporary signal installation and traffic shift at University Boulevard and Campus Drive should be completed and Campus Drive (eastbound) between Adelphi Road and Presidential Drive will be widened to make way for the Purple Line station. In and around campus, the new “M” and removal of the existing traffic circle will be completed. Along Campus Drive East, the new pump station construction should be completed this summer and the segment between Paint Branch Trail and River Road will be fully closed to facilitate major road work along that portion.

The following slide details the Campus Drive East detour that was to begin mid-April. The closure will be in effect for approximately 15 weeks with local access (only) permitted.

Slide Courtesy of MDOT MTA and PLTP

We'll be bringing you highlights from other CATs in future newsletters, including Silver Spring, University Boulevard, Riverdale Park, Lyttonsville/Woodside, and Glenridge!



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