Montgomery and Prince George’s Ink Purple Line Affordable Housing Deal

Leaders from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties have signed an agreement to help preserve affordable housing and equitable economic growth along the developing purple line. Bethesda Magazine reports: The agreement espouses four goals for local governments and planning boards along the route: help local businesses prosper, expand the local labor force, create housing opportunities for … Continue reading Montgomery and Prince George’s Ink Purple Line Affordable Housing Deal

Tax Reform Provokes State To Expedite Purple Line Bond Sale

The State plans to expedite its bond sale for the Purple Line, securing a year’s worth of funding for the public-private partnership (P3) before the end of December. Why? Because the House-passed tax reform package would end private activity bonds (PABs) – the preferred tool for funding the P3. Reports The Baltimore Sun: The sweeping tax … Continue reading Tax Reform Provokes State To Expedite Purple Line Bond Sale

Counties Invited to Attend Launch of Purple Line Community Development Agreement

The National Center for Smart Growth is hosting an event to launch the Purple Line Community Development Agreement. The event will take place from 9:30 am – 11:00 am on November 28, 2017, at The Hotel at the University of Maryland (7777 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland 20740). Attendance and parking are free but you must register … Continue reading Counties Invited to Attend Launch of Purple Line Community Development Agreement

Town of Chevy Chase Ordered to Pay Attorney Fees in Purple Line PIA Request

A Bethesda Beat article (2017-09-12) reported on a follow-up court decision that required the Town of Chevy Chase to pay $92,000 in attorneys’ fees in a Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) case. The legal dispute centered around a request for information on the Purple Line by the pro-Purple Line group Action Committee for Transit (ACT). Originally, the … Continue reading Town of Chevy Chase Ordered to Pay Attorney Fees in Purple Line PIA Request

Purple Line Groundbreaking Monday

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Governor Larry Hogan will break ground on the Purple Line Monday morning in Prince George’s, reports Bethesda Magazine. The forward movement on the project comes after nearly a year of delays to the project caused by litigation, and an announcement Monday that Maryland and the Federal Transit Administration would execute the … Continue reading Purple Line Groundbreaking Monday

Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

The Montgomery County Council granted legal approval Tuesday for the state to build and operate the Purple Line on county-owned land. The franchise agreement has a term of 70 years and authorizes the state to build, operate and maintain the project in county right-of-way. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated … Continue reading Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

Purple Line Back On Track

Finally, the Purple Line gets some forward movement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated the project’s Record of Decision yesterday, overturning U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon’s prior revocation and allowing the project to move forward while litigation ensues. The Record of Decision is an environmental approval necessary for the state and federal … Continue reading Purple Line Back On Track

State Suspends Purple Line Work 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is scaling back work on the Purple Line so long as the project is held up in court, reports The Washington Post. MDOT has told Purple Line Transit Partners, the project’s contractor, to stop executing new construction contracts, procuring certain materials and equipment, and hiring new staff. MDOT also … Continue reading State Suspends Purple Line Work 

Purple Line Takes Yet Another Blow

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon issued an opinion on Monday, May 22 further delaying activity on the Purple Line until the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) completes another environmental review of the project. Reports Bethesda Magazine:  The ruling in the long-running court case seems likely to result in further construction delays—and possible cancellation of the project—and could … Continue reading Purple Line Takes Yet Another Blow

County Leaders: Move Purple Line Along, Already

About 100 activists and elected officials from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties gathered in Silver Spring on May 2 to call on U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon to move the Purple Line forward. Last August, Leon postponed the project and ordered updated projections to account for WMATA’s “deterioration and declining ridership.” The delay has stopped the project in … Continue reading County Leaders: Move Purple Line Along, Already