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Today's Breaking News on the Purple Line

Earlier this afternoon, Judge Leon issued his ruling on the Purple Line after allowing the project to languish for the past five months. The news keeps the project on hold, but also gives a chance to move forward with what we hope will be a quick appeal.

Purple Line NOW has responded and our official statement is below. Let us say, however, that although we are very disappointed the judge has ignored the credible and expert testimony from the FTA, the fact remains that the Purple Line transit connection has been and will continue to be a survivor. As most of us understand quite well, the need is immediate and growing each day that the project is stalled. Now, more than ever, we need your help.

May 22, 2017


Purple Line NOW is disappointed by Judge Leon's ruling and calls for a quick appeal. PLN's Board President Ralph Bennett responded, "The slapdash and tardy ruling outright ignores much of the expert testimony that has already answered questions raised again by the Court. Still, we are relieved to finally have a ruling, as Judge Leon has given ample grounds for appeal and we trust that the fundamental strength of the project will be vindicated in higher court."

The ruling came five months after the FTA testimony was submitted and 22 days after the expedited ruling deadline requested by the State of Maryland. Bennett continued, "We are thankful that Attorney General Frosh filed the writ of mandamus, otherwise we would likely still be waiting on Judge Leon. We call on the state to quickly appeal. Judge Leon was already given the hard look that he asked for."

Purple Line NOW Treasurer Tina Slater added, "This is a project with wide support in the region, the bipartisan support of Maryland's Governor, Montgomery and Prince George's county elected officials, the Maryland Legislature, our Congressional delegation, not mention to businesses, unions, and environmental groups. Our region needs the east/west connections provided by the Purple Line and the growth shown by new developments along the corridor only reinforce that need."

Our work is far from done. Please help us continue our efforts by making a donation, in any amount, easily and safely at Purple Line NOW. Thank you for your support! 

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