Friday, July 30, 2010
The Montgomery County Council approved revisions to the Purple Line Functional Plan that addresses station locations, alignment of some portions of the route, and adding access points adjacent to the Capital Crescent Trail. The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile rapid transit line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green, and Orange lines. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, AMTRAK and local bus services.
The original draft of the Purple Line Plan was submitted by the Montgomery County Planning Board. Recommended changes to the plan have since been offered by the public; the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental Committee; and the full Council.
Among the recommended changes the Council approved on July 27 are:
- Adding specific station locations east of the Silver Spring Station.
- Building the Capital Crescent Trail on the north side of the tracks rather than on the south side between Bethesda and Rock Creek. The trail will run parallel to the Purple Line from Bethesda to Silver Spring,
- Adding more access points to the trail, creating a total of more than 20 locations where residents can enter the trail.
- Relocating the Sanders/Woodside Station (that honors Harry Sanders, an activist who led the campaign for the Purple Line) from Spring Street to 16th Street.
- Showing a possible future station on Wayne Avenue near Dale Drive in East Silver Spring, but not building the station without further consensus from the community.
POSTED AT: 11:30:00 AM