Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Councilmember Trachtenberg Attends Purple Line NOW! Program in Silver Spring

Councilmember Trachtenberg attended a reception supporting Purple Line NOW! that was held at the Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College – Takoma Park-Silver Spring. Purple Line Now! is a 501 (c)(4) non profit organization advocating for the Purple Line on behalf of citizen, business, environmental, civic, minority and labor organizations. It was formed in 2002 as the Coalition to Build the Inner Purple Line. The evening program featured a Special Tribute to Harry Sanders, the Founder and President of Purple Line NOW, who passed away on March 10th.

Purple Line NOW! seeks mobility choices for citizens of the region and believes the Purple Line is the most important next addition to the Maryland public transit network. The Purple Line will be a 16-miles long modern light rail and will connect Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Lytonsville, Silver Spring, Long Branch, Takoma/Langley, College Park/the University of Maryland, M Square, Riverdale Park and New Carrollton, Maryland. The Purple Line will form an arc around the northern end of our nation's capital, tying together major Maryland suburban centers in Maryland's two most populous counties.

The Purple Line will connect to four branches of the metro rail system (Red twice, Green, and Orange), three MARC rail lines, two AMTRAK lines, dozens of bus routes and two intercity bus stations. The Purple Line will cut the travel time for tens of thousands of current transit riders. It will bring more Maryland residents into close proximity to stops on the regional rail transit system and encourage additional tens of thousands of citizens to switch to transit for trips to work, school and recreational activities.

Our Chief of Staff, Alan Bowser, attended the event with Councilmember Trachtenberg.

For more information about the Purple Line, visit http://www.purplelinemd.com/

For information about Purple Line NOW!, visit http://www.purplelinenow.com/index.html.

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