Purple Line comes with heavy price tag

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Do we really want an $800 million annual increase to the state gas tax, a raid on future MARC funding of $135 million and a $1 billion construction subsidy from the federal government all for a light rail system estimated to carry a mere 60,000 riders each weekday in 2030, 80 percent of whom are already riding buses? I don’t.

Funding for the Purple Line a Bad Idea

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…let’s use the dollars we have today to fix Metro first and keep our roads in a state of good repair — before we ask people for billions of dollars for costly and poorly-considered new projects with hyped-up benefits that don’t reflect reality. And let’s continue to protect and expand open space, park land and quality of life in Montgomery County – not destroy it by urbanizing every last square foot. That’s the way to keep transportation moving.