In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:
- What's Happening at PLN?
- Exciting News! Forum Registration is now OPEN!
- Fall Fundraising Season Is Here - Can You Help Us Continue Our Work?
- In Case You Missed Our 100th Edition of PLN News
- Purple Line in the News
- Construction News & Project Features
- Labor Agreement Reached
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLN?
Registration for September 22 Purple Line NOW Forum is OPEN!
Just before Purple Line NOW News went on its annual August break, we snuck in a little bit of our own breaking news! We hope you eagle-eyed readers out there marked your calendars for the next Purple Line NOW Forum, but if you missed it, keep on reading.
We are SUPER excited to announce the next Purple Line NOW forum will be on Thursday, September 22, at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm! This forum will bring together representatives from MDOT MTA, Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP), and the new builder, Maryland Transit Solutions (MTS). In the coming days, we will announce the full slate of speakers, but please take a moment to register below. As with all the fora we have hosted over the past six years, these remain free and open to the public and press, but you must register in advance:
Questions for Panelists? Please submit questions in advance of the webinar – our panelists will try to answer as many as they can in the time allotted. The early you can submit your questions, the better the opportunity for us to provide some answers, so don't delay! Send your questions to Christine Scott, Purple Line NOW Executive Director at [email protected].
Event Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor the event, please let us know. We publish all our donors and sponsors at every forum – we can’t do this without you. Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Fall Fundraising Season Is Here - Can You Help Us Continue Our Work?
As you can see from our exciting announcement above, our work continues! To that end, as we enter our fundraising season, we hope you will take a moment to consider a donation to Purple Line NOW to help us continue offering these educational events, producing this newsletter, keeping on top of breaking news, and helping you get answers to questions or concerns that pop up as construction resumes to full speed. Donating online is easy – just click the PURPLE button below!
We are proud to be supported by our donors and use every opportunity we can to let the community know how much we appreciate you. Unless you tell us otherwise, your name (or company name) will be listed on our website for a year following your donation, highlighted at our virtual and in person public events, and in printed materials where possible.
Not sure whether you’ve given in the past 12 months? You can check out our donor page – if you don’t see your name, we would be grateful if you would consider renewing your donation for the coming year. If you do see your name, but would like to know when your year is up, shoot us an email at [email protected] and we can tell you when your year’s donation is ending.
We exist because we are led by a group of dedicated volunteer board and team members, many who have been working on behalf of seeing this transit line come to life for many decades! We have a part time executive director (that’s me!) We operate solely on donations from folks like you.
Our books are always open – if you would like to see our most recent financial reports or how we use your donations to further our mission, send us an email or give us a call and we will be happy to share. Our treasurer gets nervous when we get below $3,000 in the bank and we are approaching that point just in time for our fundraising season.
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
In Case You Missed It!
Our commemorative 100th edition was chock full of memories. In case you didn't catch the special email that went out with the link, you can still catch it here. Thanks to all who contributed by sending in memories, photos, and ideas!
THE PURPLE LINE IN THE NEWS
Shaver, K. "Labor agreement reached on Maryland’s Purple Line construction." Washington Post, 30 August 2022.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES & PROJECT FEATURES
Labor Agreement Reached
We were happy to see that while we were away for our August break, the contractor and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) reached an agreement, paving the way for crews to ramp up construction between now and the end of October. You can read more about the terms of the agreement here. We are glad that work is resuming and look forward to seeing crews hard at work along the Purple Line corridor in the coming weeks. With the onslaught of construction work impending, you are encouraged to sign up for MDOT MTA text alerts for your area.
Photos from Around the Corridor
As construction ramps up this autumn, snap a few photos and send them to us at [email protected]. With your permission, we'll give you photo credit and publish the photo when space allows. Thanks to MDOT MTA for the following photos of work that occurred late summer: