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Purple Line NOW News - May 25, 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
    • Assistance for Small Businesses Along Purple Line Corridor
    • Long Time Purple Line Advocates Gain New Positions in House
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • Items That Caught Our Eye This Month
    • Photos Around the Corridor

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What' Happening


Why We Ask for Support Each Month

Purple Line NOW was originally established to promote the approval and funding of the Purple Line project. We were so pleased when the project was finally approved after more than 20 years of advocacy and relieved the Purple Line would finally become a reality.

We have all learned since construction began that the challenges to complete the project have continued. We at Purple Line NOW understand that despite those challenges, the Purple Line will have an incredibly positive impact on the quality of life for commuters and travelers in our region. We have continued to work as a conduit between the community and builders so that questions and concerns can be addressed and to advocate for a final product that is a real asset for the communities it will serve.

To do that, we rely on your continued financial support.

We are so appreciative of each and every dollar that comes to us by way of a donation. We are a nonprofit organization that relies on donors to continue its mission and we cannot exist without your generosity each and every year. Your donation will be noted on our website and in all printed materials and at all events for a year following your contribution to Purple Line NOW. Curious as to when you last made a donation to us? You can check out our website or shoot us an email. If you don't see your name listed, we hope you will consider donating to our organization when you are able. Thank you, thank you.


Features and Highlights


Assistance for Small Businesses Along Purple Line Corridor

The Latino Economic Development Center provides assistance to small business along the alignment by providing help with applying for grants and loans. You can find more information on their website. Montgomery County provides grants to local businesses directly impacted by the construction of the Purple Line Light Rail Project and have suffered revenue losses during the construction period. Please see the website for details.

Long Time Purple Line Advocates Gain New Positions in House

Purple Line NOW congratulates long time Purple Line advocates Delegate Marc Korman (D) and Delegate David Moon (D) on their new House of Delegates leadership positions. Del. Korman will become the new Chair of the House Environment and Transportation committee. He has long been doing the committee work on the effective delivery of the Purple Line and is responsible for the bi-monthly progress reports. Del. Moon will become the new majority leader, the third most powerful position in the House. Congratulations to both on their new positions! More information about their appointments can be found in Maryland Matters. (Gaines D., "Speaker announces shakeup in House leadership."  Maryland Matters, 17 May 2023.)

Construction Updates


Items that Caught Our Eye This Month

Road Closures for UMD Campus

In a tweet yesterday, the Purple Line team said that beginning today (May 25) crews will implement the first phase of closing Campus Drive on the University of Maryland campus, from Regents Drive to Union Lane. The work will continue over the summer. You can find more details here.

Blasting Continues in Bethesda

An additional notice from the Purple Line team at MDOT MTA reports that their crews will resume blasting and excavation work in the future elevator shaft to WMATA's Red Line in Bethesda on Elm Street at Wisconsin Avenue. Work will not impact traffic and will occur weekdays and weekends. Warning horns will sound before each blast. 

Photos From Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

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