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06/25/2014 – Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Sustainable Economy, and Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail launch legal action to protect endangered species from Purple Line.

06/25/2014 – Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Sustainable Economy, and Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail launch legal action to protect endangered species from Purple Line. Protecting the Trail is also about protecting endangered species habitat!   Center for Biological Diversity, an influential national environmental organization dedicated to preserving endangered species, Center for Sustainable […]

6-26-14 Legal Action Launched

From Washington Post Online “A letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Transit Administration said the agencies had violated the Endangered Species Act by not properly considering a light-rail line’s impacts on the Hay’s spring amphipod, which has been listed as endangered since 1982, and the Kenk’s amphipod, which is a […]

5-19-14 PRESS RELEASE- 5th Annual Save The Trail 5K

“SAVE THE TRAIL 5K” FUNDRAISER TO PROTECT CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL FROM BIG DEVELOPERS –FIFTH ANNUAL RACE AND FAMILY FUN DAY TO BE HELD MAY 24, 2014 AT 9 A.M.– Bethesda, MD — The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail (FCCT), local political and environmental leaders, and more than 400 runners and supporters will rally in […]

03/21/2014 — $2.4 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Designated by Federal government to Destroy Forests and Pollute the Rock Creek watershed

Local Environmental Organization Likely to Challenge Federal Transportation Administration’s Record of Decision on Purple Line

03/05/14 – Obama Administration Greenwashed? Proposing $100 million for Maryland’s Purple Line makes it seem so.

The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail believe that the Obama Administration has fallen prey to greenwashing, as evidenced by the Administration’s recommendation for partial funding for the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA’s) Purple Line. Serious environmental concerns from multiple stakeholders remain unresolved, but yet, MTA is not being held accountable by the process as evidenced by the funding proposal.

10/22/13 – Noise concerns, realignment request among Purple Line comments

Ajay Bhatt also wants the state to look into an alternative route. The president of the nonprofit Friends of Capital Crescent Trail emphasized that his group is not opposed to the Purple Line in general, and certainly not to mass transit. The group is opposed to the destruction and clear-cutting of about 20 acres of what is essentially parkland, the Capital Crescent Trail, to accommodate such a project.

His group imagines the trail as a “world-class linear park, stretching from Georgetown through Bethesda into downtown Silver Spring, preserving and enhancing green space when it is in critically short supply.

Press Release – FCCT to Governor O’Malley – Save The Trail!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2013 CONTACT: AJAY BHATT (301) 500-0124 DEMONSTRATION PLANNED TO CONFRONT GOVERNOR O’MALLEY AT THE BETHESDA METRO TO HIGHLIGHT INVALUABLE 20 ACRE LOCAL PARK SLATED FOR DESTRUCTION BY PURPLE LINE PLANS “SAVE THE TRAIL!” PROTECT THE CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL “SAVE THE TRAIL, PRESERVE THE PARK” On August 5, the Friends of […]

2/26/13 – In praise of a reliable workout buddy (Washington Post)

The CCT has its problems, not the least of which is that the currently unfunded Purple Line light rail would run right down the Georgetown Branch. Even if a proposed 12-foot-wide paved trail is built alongside it, I’d have to reserve judgment about using it. That would be a very different experience from running on crushed gravel beneath overhanging limbs.

2/12/13 – FCCT Urges State Lawmakers to Halt Purple Line Funding

In light of recent developments concerning Maryland’s lack of a funding source for the Purple Line, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail president Ajay Bhatt today urged the state’s legislative leadership to cease funding the project.

2/10/13 – Purple Line advocates in Maryland worry about losing momentum (Washington Post)

Last week’s news that without additional tax revenue Maryland would halt design work on a light-rail line between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties has renewed fears that the proposed Purple Line might never make it off the drawing board.