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Purple Line NOW News - November 29, 2023

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

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • Double the Impact of Your Donation TODAY!
    • A Message from PLN Board President, Ralph Bennett
  • Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
    • MARC Growth and Transformation Plan (Survey)
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • Photos from Around the Corridor

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What' Happening


Double the Impact of Your Donation TODAY!

A very generous donor continues to match every donation as we head into the holiday season! Every single donation to Purple Line NOW will be matched (dollar for dollar!) until we reach our goal of $6,000! That is a steep goal for us, but it is not only necessary in order for us to close the gap in our budget, but we are confident that with your help, we can meet it!

No matter the size of your donation, your support will have double the impact. We are so grateful!

Thank you to those who have given in the past two weeks since kicking off our campaign -- your donations have been matched and you are now listed on our website! Not sure if you have given in the past twelve months? You can see all of our donors on our website to be sure. If you do not see your name here, we hope you might consider a donation to Purple Line NOW. Every single penny we raise goes to continuing our mission.

Many of you know us well and have been thoughtful and generous donors throughout our journey toward riding the Purple Line. We have also had lots of new folks join us as construction has ramped up and visual signs of progress abound. 

In case you missed our previous newsletter, would like to share a few words from our Board President, Ralph Bennett, about why we are asking and why it is so critical that Purple Line NOW continues our work.

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you to highlight our low bank balance and the urgent need to raise funds to continue our important work. As you know, Purple Line NOW rarely holds special event fundraising, instead we rely on our donors and supporters to come through for us to assist when our financial needs outweigh our revenue.

At our recent quarterly board meeting, our Treasurer reported that our current bank balance is dangerously low and that we are at risk of being unable to continue working with the public to broaden our advocacy efforts and achieve our goals. We cannot afford to let this happen.

That is why I am asking for your help. Every donation, no matter the size, will help us continue our outreach to the community via our widely read bi-weekly newsletter, advocate for issues facing the Purple Line and beyond at the local, state, and federal levels, and continue hosting the very popular community webinars on a regular basis where we bring experts and industry leaders together to discuss all things Purple Line along the corridor.

If you or your organization have not donated in the past year, I ask you to consider a donation to Purple Line NOW at this time. All donors are listed on our website for a year following their donation. A very generous anonymous donor has offered to match all donations during this campaign, beginning today through the end of the year, or until our goal of $6,000 is reached, so your help will count twice as much this holiday season!

Your support will make a real difference in our efforts to close the significant gap in our budget and ensure our work continues until opening day of service.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Ralph Bennett, President
Purple Line NOW

Thank you from all of us here at Purple Line NOW!



Features and Highlights


MARC Growth and Transformation Plan

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is seeking public input on the development of goals for the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) service. The MARC Growth and Transformation Plan will update and expand upon the MARC Cornerstone Plan, last published in 2019, which provided strategic priorities for the system and the capital investment needed to achieve those initiatives.

The agency is seeking the public’s help in redefining the vision and goals of the MARC Train system so that it meets the needs of all Marylanders. The study area includes the existing MARC Train service area and potential extensions to Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. The updated document will reflect an implementation strategy and associated set of required capital projects.

The results of this survey will help shape the future of MARC Train service. You can find the survey and more information at this link:

Construction Updates


Photos from Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy of MDOT MTA

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