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.
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.
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, Iâ€™d have to reserve judgment about using it. That would be a very different experience from running on crushed gravel beneath overhanging limbs.
In light of recent developments concerning Marylandâ€™s lack of a funding source for the Purple Line, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail president Ajay Bhatt today urged the stateâ€™s legislative leadership to cease funding the project.
Last weekâ€™s news that without additional tax revenue Maryland would halt design work on a light-rail line between Montgomery and Prince Georgeâ€™s counties has renewed fears that the proposed Purple Line might never make it off the drawing board.
2/7/13 – Purple Line Design Will Stop if Maryland Doesnâ€™t Get More Transpo Funding (Transportation Nation)
â€œThe bottom line is, without a revenue increase, the state will simply not have the money to construct any new highway or transit projects,â€ says Cahalan. â€œThatâ€™s the reality.â€
2/5/13 – Maryland House Minority Leader calls for delay of Red, Purple lines (Baltimore Business Journal)
â€œWe canâ€™t shock the economy,â€ Anthony Oâ€™Donnell, R-St. Maryâ€™s and Calvert counties, told the audience of several hundred businesspeople at the Renaissance Inner Harbor hotel. â€œThe citizens are hurting. They canâ€™t take any more tax increases.â€
Currently, the state has none of the money it needs to build the line, or a proposed $2.5 billion light rail in Baltimore. State officials are hoping the federal government will fund part of the project, though federal dollars are capped at $900 million per project — and to win the funding, Maryland first must demonstrate where its share will come from.
September 26, 2012 Preserve the Capital Crescent Trail Montgomery County Gazette I want to thank Jake Lynch for his letter to the editor, â€œTrail leads to more than just areaâ€™s past,â€ (Sept. 12), in which he reminds us of our own local history in creating the current Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) from the abandoned CSX […]