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 […]
July 16, 2012 Planning Board considers Purple Line-inspired master plan at Chevy Chase Lake Testifying at the Montgomery County Planning Board’s public hearing in Silver Spring today, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail president Ajay Bhatt questioned why the board’s review of proposed zoning changes of the Purple Line-inspired development had failed to establish traffic […]
Now itâ€™s time, County Council, to drop the Purple Line and recognize this park for what it is: an irreplaceable asset for the health and happiness of our community.