October 31, 2011
Leading the Purple Line down the wrong path
Washington Post

Dear Editor:

The Oct. 28 Metro story “Costs rise to rebuild trail along Purple Line reminded me of the poor decisions that have been made regarding the placement of the line.

Rather than siting the light-rail line along the Capital Crescent Trail from Jones Mill Road to Bethesda, planners should have it travel along Jones Bridge Road to Woodmont Avenue and the Bethesda Metro station garage. Such a route would not destroy the Capital Crescent Trail and would directly serve the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the National Institutes of Health and the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It would also obviate the need to squeeze the line, along with recreational hikers and bikers, into the tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, make unnecessary the shoring-up of the Apex and Air Rights buildings on Wisconsin Avenue and — oh, yes — it would save tons of money.

Why is this foolish plan still being pursued when an alternative that is less costly, safer and environmentally sound is available?

Alan Neuschatz, Bethesda