Friends of Capital Crescent Trail continues court fight to prevent irreparable harm to trail and those who use it.

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The State of Maryland claims that clearing cutting of the Capital Crescent Trail from Bethesda to Rock Creek Park must occur in the first weeks of the 4-5 year project to build the Purple Line, and further that they cannot provide the previously required 30 day notice to residents and local jurisdictions.  Therefore their contractors closed… Read more »

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail files vigorous opening brief in the Court of Appeals – Meanwhile the District Court puts Maryland on notice not to cut large trees until TRO hearing”

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In our opening brief in the Court of Appeals today, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail retraces for the judges MTA’s and FTA’s extensive violations of the National Environmental Policy Act – one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. The vigorous brief not only defends the District Court’s order requiring a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement… Read more »

MTA seeks to make the harmful Purple Line a ‘fait accompli’ instead of complying with the law, say Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail in filing in the US Court of Appeals.

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In their July 3, 2017 filing with the US Court of Appeals, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and co-plaintiffs opposed Maryland’s motion to “stay”, or reverse the District Court’s suspension of the Purple Line, finding that such a request has no merit, would not be in the public interest, and should be denied. “Maryland… Read more »

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail requests clarification from Judge Leon on noise and air pollution issues and the impact on parks, pedestrians and cyclists.

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On June 26, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and co-plaintiffs respectfully asked Federal Judge Leon for clarification or reconsideration of two issues – noise and air pollution – – that he did not address in detail or at all, in his order of May 30, 2017 and subsequent opinion memorandum of June 9, 2017. … Read more »

Judge denies MTA’s request for stay – says allowing the Purple Line to go forward without a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is not in the public interest

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In his order and opinion memorandum issued June 26, Federal Judge Richard Leon denied the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)’s request to let the Purple Line project go forward and construction begin, even though issues remain unresolved in court and the MTA and FTA have not undertaken the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement required by the Court.

Harmful Purple Line Should Remain Suspended While Legality Remains in Question, Says Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail in its Response Memorandum

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Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, in its court filing on June 8, requested that in order to avoid irreversible injury to the public, the Purple Line remain suspended while the courts ensure that the agencies undertake the steps necessary to comply with the law and protect the public to the full extent of the… Read more »