Purple Line: Leggett Sends Message to Governor Hogan (VIDEO)

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Silver Spring Library on June 20, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett took a picture of the crowd standing on what is scheduled to be one of the Purple Line’s stops.

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Leggett said he was going to send the photograph to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to show him “that Silver Spring needs it and that it is important and that it goes very well with this new Silver Spring Library.”

The Purple Line is a proposed $2.44 billion light rail extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.

Leggett also talked about the Silver Spring Transit Center and said in “three weeks, two days, and one hour or so Montgomery County will turn the new transit center to Metro.”

The transit center, to be dedicated when it eventually opens as the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center located of Colesville Road, is to be a transportation mecca with:

  • 32 bus bays for WMATA Metrobus, Montgomery County Ride-On, MTA regional commuter bus, Van-Go shuttle, Inter-city Buses, and University of Maryland Shuttle,
  • Direct access to Metrorail and MARC,
  • 54 Kiss & Ride spaces and taxi spaces,
  • Intelligent Transportation system,
  • Multi-modal transit store,
  • Accommodation for future Bi-County Transitway, connections to regional hiker/biker trails and a local trail, and open space replacement and enhancement.

More than 400 people attended the new Silver Spring library grand opening.

Five Things to Know for May 8 in Montgomery County

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Here are five things to know for Tuesday, May 8, in Montgomery County: 1. Free College Tuition: Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to sign a bill today that would offer free tuition at State community colleges to qualifying residents. 2. Montgomery College Nursing Program Celebrates 50 Years: Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice will present a proclamation […]

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Purple Line Update: Weekend Work on Elm Street

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Purple Line construction continues and starting Saturday, May 5, pile drilling will begin at the Elm Street work zone at Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Trucks will be delivering concrete for the piles using their approved haul routes between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to a news release. There are no lane closures or traffic […]

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Five Things to Know for April 3 in Montgomery County

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Here are five things to know today, Tuesday, April 3 in Montgomery County: 1. Council is in Session: The Montgomery County Council is expected to review employee training and policies on preventing workplace harassment. Find the full agenda, here. 2. Community Solar Media Briefing: Councilmembers Tom Hucker and George Leventhal will brief the media on a drafted […]

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Five Things to Know in Montgomery County for Feb. 28

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Here are five things you need to know today, Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Montgomery County: 1. County Executive Forum: Montgomery County Black Business Council will hold a candidate forum  for county executive candidates. 2. Purple Line: MCDOT will hold a public hearing to consider public comments for the creation of multiple new Residential Permit Parking Areas (RPPAs) in Silver Spring. […]

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Rahn Says Residents Should Anticipate Minor Delays for Purple Line Project

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The Purple Line is still on track to begin service in 2022 but it may not be exactly in the spring as predicted since project leaders are anticipating some delays, according to Maryland Secretary of Transportation, Peter Rahn. “We do expect there to be some movement of the revenue service date but I do not anticipate […]

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Construction Truck Stolen from Purple Line Contractor

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Bethesda Police District detectives are investigating the theft of a construction truck from a building in the 8800 block of Brookville Road that is used by employees of Purple Line Transit Constructors, LLC, police said. Detectives are asking for anyone with information about the vehicle’s location or information about these crimes to come forward to […]

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The Year in Transportation: New Lanes Proposed for I-270, Capital Beltway

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Gov. Larry Hogan dropped probably the most remarkable transportation news in September when he proposed that I-270 and the Capital Beltway get four new lanes. Private companies would design, build and maintain the lanes, which would then be able to charge tolls. Some local leaders have been skeptical about the plans, preferring less-expensive reversible lanes […]

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Leggett, Others Pledge Opportunities for People Who Live, Work and Invest in Purple Line

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County Executive Ike Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and other leaders met at the University of Maryland on Tuesday morning to pledge their commitment to help the people who live and work along the Purple Line find opportunities. The community development agreement has four goals: to support and grow local businesses; to build […]

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Councilmember Marc Elrich Responds to Controversy Over "Ethnic Cleansing" Remarks

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Montgomery County councilmember Marc Elrich recently received attention for remarks he made describing development along the 16-mile Purple Line as akin to “ethnic cleansing.” Elrich was criticized for his remarks by County Council President Roger Berliner. “Words matter. To equate potential gentrification with ethnic cleansing is offensive. Period,” Berliner said. Footage posted on November 20 to […]

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Metro Wants Customer Opinions on Potential Changes Due to Purple Line

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At the request of the State of Maryland, Metro is considering changes at its Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton stations to accommodate the Purple Line. The transit line is asking customers to provide their opinions on the changes. The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail link connecting Bethesda and New Carrollton, with stops […]

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