Purple Line

April 2, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Work about to Start at Urban Park by Silver Spring Transit Area

Construction is expected to begin soon at the Gene Lynch Urban Park at the intersection of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue across from the Silver Spring Transit Center and the future Purple Line stop, according to the Silver Spring Regional Center. The 11,6000-square-foot park is named for Eugene Lynch III, who held many public service […]

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March 4, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Asks State to Single Track Purple Line, Some on Council are Opposed

As the state moves closer to selecting a contractor for the Purple Line, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has suggested reducing the project in order to save money due to the financial hit the county has taken during the pandemic. Elrich has asked the Maryland Department of Transportation to consider single tracking the Purple Line […]

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February 24, 2021 | Rachel Clair

Work on Purple Line Will Close Lanes to Relocate Utilities

Construction for the Purple Line at the intersection of Wayne Avenue and Cloverfield Road in Silver Spring is expected to close lanes beginning the evening of Feb. 25 and into the morning of Feb. 26. The scheduled, overnight work is for utility relocation. Also in Silver Spring, beginning March 1, crews will work on waterline […]

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December 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

‘A Great Day for the State’: Board of Public Works Approves Purple Line Settlement

The three-member Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved a settlement that ends all financial claims and litigation concerning the proposed Purple Line. Under the agreement, the state will pay $250 million, of which $100 million is due by the end of this month. “We are going to see the Purple Line, a little late, […]

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November 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Senate Appropriation Bill Includes Funding For NIH, Purple Line

The U.S. Senate’s proposed appropriations bill includes funding for several projects in Montgomery County and Maryland. The Senate Appropriation Committee’s bipartisan bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for its approval. The Appropriations Committee, on which Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sits, supported a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes […]

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November 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Lawmakers Call on Hogan to Provide $2 Million for Businesses Along Purple Line

Several Maryland and Montgomery County lawmakers gathered outside of Evita’s Bridal Shop in Takoma Park Monday, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to provide funding for businesses along the Purple Line. Many of those businesses are immigrant-owned, and they face a unique financial challenge because of Purple Line construction and restrictions placed on businesses because of […]

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October 28, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Federal Legislators, Activists Concerned About Purple Line Future

Maryland’s federal legislators sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan Oct. 28 “to express our deep concern” for the Purple Line, which incurred a huge setback last month after a court ruled that the builders were allowed to walk away due to disputes with the state and unpaid cost overruns and delays. Also, Purple Line […]

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September 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Demands MDOT Stay Committed To Building Purple Line

Montgomery County Councilmembers adamantly told representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation that the Purple Line must be completed for the economic health of the area and so the county can meet its climate control goals. MDOT administrator Matt Pollack, Purple Line project director, replied, “We will take this project forward.” However, said Kevin Quinn, […]

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April 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Bus Stops Will Return to Sarbanes Transit Center

Several bus stops in Downtown Silver Spring that were closed due to Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail construction will reopen on Saturday, according to a statement from Montgomery County.  Ride On and Metrobus stops around the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center that had to be relocated to the street will return to their original […]

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March 13, 2020 | Veronica Canales

Four Red Line Metro Stations To Close This Weekend

The red line will close four metro stations in Montgomery County this weekend to allow for purple line work. Metro stations Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont will close Saturday, Mar. 14 and Sunday, Mar. 15. WMATA will provide free shuttle buses to replace train cars between Fort Totten and Glenmont. The buses will […]

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