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Purple Line NOW News - November 23, 2022

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    •  In Case You Missed It!
  • Purple Line in the News
  • Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
    • Remembering Tawanna Gaines
    • Community Advisory Team Meetings Postponed
  • Construction News & Project Features
    • Maryland Wins Grant for Development Near Purple Line
    • Call for Progress Photos!

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What' Happening


In Case You Missed It!

Thank you to everyone who took a moment to send a donation as we kicked off our Matching Campaign last week. If you missed our last newsletter, we explained the reasons for asking, and they are pretty scary (at least to a nonprofit that runs on a slim budget!) We have reprinted our appeal below for those who may have missed it, and if you can, we hope you will consider Purple Line NOW this holiday season.

All of our donors are listed on our website -- THANK YOU!

Don't forget -- any donations from (non-PLN Board Members) individuals are automatically DOUBLED (!) between now and the end of the year or until we reach our goal of $5,000, thanks to a very generous anonymous donor who has stepped up to make giving to Purple Line truly impactful! We are excited that in the first few weeks of the campaign, we are edging up to 10% of our goal! You can click the PURPLE button below to easily make an online donation.

We hope you will take a moment to consider the following request from us here at Purple Line NOW. We have a great BIG surprise to announce, too, but first, some details!

At our quarterly Board meeting on October 28, Tina Slater, Purple Line NOW’s Board Treasurer, reported to the assembly that our checkbook is at the lowest level she has seen in her long tenure with us and emphasized the need for a robust fall fundraising campaign. 

After Tina gave us the hard news, we asked our Board members to donate before we launched our public campaign. They have been generous not only with their time, but with their financial support, and we are grateful to each of them. To make our ends meet, however, we have to cast our fundraising net wider, and you have never let us down. 

Every fall, we look to you to help us through the slim winter months and provide enough funding for us to continue our work into the spring. Because Purple Line NOW does not do any special event fundraising, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to see us through.

To help us reach our goal, we are THRILLED to announce that an anonymous donor has offered once again to match all individual donations from non-Board members!

That means, if you give $25, your donation will count as $50. If you give $250, your donation will count as $500 -- starting right now and going through the end of the year, your donation in any amount will be doubled by our anonymous donor who will match all donations from individuals until the end of the year or until our goal of $5,000 is reached!

As we head into the holiday season, we want you to know how grateful we are for your support, some of you for years, some of you new to us – all appreciated and critical to our continued mission of making the Purple Line a reality for our community.

If you are new to us and wonder exactly what we do with your donation, our November newsletter last year explains it best. Have a read and feel free to email with any questions you have.

Thank you for all you do for us and for our community. We are grateful.

**If you do not see your name on our Donors List, we hope you will consider helping us continue our work!** 

(Unless you tell us otherwise, your name will be listed on our website and in publications for a year following your donation.)

PL in the News


Duncan, I. "Maryland wins $1.5 million federal grant for development near Purple Line." Washington Post, 17 November 2022.

Beachum, L. and Wiggins, O. "Former Maryland Delegate Tawanna Gaines dies at 70." Washington Post, 15 September 2022.

Features and Highlights


Remembering Tawanna Gaines

We were saddened by the news that former Delegate Tawanna Gaines passed away last week. She was a crucial Purple Line ally during her tenure and her efforts helped to ensure that the benefits of mass transit reach a wider range of communities. As a delegate, Ms. Gaines helped to organize Purple Line efforts in Annapolis and Prince George' county and remained an advocate for the project in the years since. We wish her family comfort at this difficult time.

Community Advisory Team Meetings Postponed

The Community Advisory Team Meetings (CATs) have been postponed until early 2023. We will keep on top of the news around the corridor and keep you in the loop via this newsletter while we wait for those meetings to resume.

Construction Updates


Maryland Wins Grant for Development Near Purple Line 

Maryland was awarded a $1.5 million federal grant last week for development in and around the Purple Line corridor. According to the Washington Post, "The money from the Federal Transit Administration is to be used to plan for mixed-use development, the preservation of existing retail, affordable housing and access for cyclists and pedestrians along the 16-mile line that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties." You can read more about where development is being planned at the linked article.

Call for Progress Pics!

With construction ramping up in a big way, we would LOVE to see YOUR photos of construction happening in your neighborhood. Snap a few and send them to us -- we will try to publish as many of them as we can (with your permission!) Send to [email protected]

Photo courtesy of Ralph Bennett

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA
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