Key Issues – Purple Line

SAFETY

  • It is unsafe to run 50 MPH trains where children play and walk to school
  • Four schools are within one block of the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring

ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION

  • Clear-cutting an existing 20-acre park inside the Beltway is unacceptable in this age of environmental consciousness
  • Air pollution will increase inside the Beltway because the Purple Line means more electrical generation from coal and the destruction of thousands of trees that currently capture greenhouse gases
  • Water pollution into the Chesapeake Bay will increase with the loss of signficant stormwater runoff now absorbed by forest land
  • Noise pollution for area residents will increase due to loss of tree canpoy and trains running every three minutes
  • Endangered species–some of the last remaining protected amphipods in our national capital area–may be lost, along with the trees and seeps that are essential for their habitat.

TRAFFIC WILL GET WORSE

  • Contingent on the Purple Line are large scale commercial and residential developments adding tens of thousands of cars inside the Beltway on already congested roads
  • 80% of riders are expected to come from existing mass transit according to Purple Line planners – cars won’t be taken off the roads
  • We want transportation plans that focus on traffic reduction not development

DEMAND TRANSPORTATION THAT MAKES SENSE!

  • Fix Metro first!
  • As of March 2014 the cost of the Purple Line has ballooned to $2.37 billion. Ask our elected officials “What else could this money buy?”
  • Operations and maintenance will add millions of dollars to the real cost of the Purple Line cost 
  • Taxpayers will foot the bill for the difference between fares and the real cost to operate the system