Friday, November 21, 2008

purple line hearings wrap up tomorrow

Trail advocate Wayne Phyllaier on the Georgetown Branch Trail in Silver Spring, one of the proposed routes for the Purple Line.

As always, Maryland Politics Watch doesn't fail to get the whole story. Following up their posting of testimony from Chevy Chase Town Councilman David Lublin, State Delegate Alfred Carr and State Senator Rich Madaleno at Tuesday's Purple Line hearing in Chevy Chase, they've also got comments from rail advocate Ross Capon, MoCo Chamber of Commerce president "Gigi" Godwin, and County Councilman George Leventhal.

While the first three individuals expressed support for either a) the use of bus rapid transit and b) a routing away from the Town of Chevy Chase, the last three support light rail and the master-planned route along the Georgetown Branch Trail. Not to toot my own horn, but if you're interested in learning more about the Purple Line, check out JUTP's series from last summer on the proposed transitway, in which we interviewed local activists on both sides of the project - both physically and emotionally.

The very very last Purple Line hearing will be Saturday from 12:30 to 5pm in Falcon Hall, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park. It's on the Montgomery College Silver Spring-Takoma Park campus. For more info, check out the MTA's website.

1 comment:

Webb said...

The final hearing in Takoma Park was well attended and started with 9 elected officials speaking in support of a Light Rail Transit Purple Line (Mizeur, Hucker (D-20), Navarro, Brian Williams, Mayor, City of Tacoma Park, Hixson, Raskin (D-20) Brayman (Mayor, City of College Park), Brad Stewart (Provost, Montgomery College), Ervin (Council, D-5). No elected officials spoke in opposition to the light rail Purple Line.

These were followed by 55 speakers of whom 27 spoke in favor of the medium Light Rail Transit option utilizing the Georgetown Branch. Of the balance, a large majority supported the Purple Line if it included a tunnel on Wayne Avenue. Two testified in support of Bus Rapid Transit. A representative of Montgomery County High School students presented a resolition in support of the Purple Line on behalf of 21 Student Government Associations.

Silver Spring Civic Associations were well represented. Speaking for the LRT option were Presidents or representatives of the North Woodside-Montgomery Hills Citizens Association, Woodside Park, Indian Spring, Forest Glen Citizen's Association and the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association. My own Association (Woodside) testified in College Park. Speaking in support of a PL only if it includes a tunnel were representatives of SOECA, the Park Hills Association and the East Silver Spring Citizen's Association.

Business supporters of the Purple Line represented at this final hearing included speakers for the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, the Takoma-Langley Crossroads CDA, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (opposing the Jones Bridge Road option) and the B.F Saul Co.