October 12, 2011
Scrap the Purple Line
Statement by Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail President Ajay Bhatt

President Obama’s decision on October 11 to include the Baltimore Red Line transit project – and not the proposed $2 billion Purple Line – among 14 infrastructure projects around the country to be expedited for federal funding review is yet another strong sign that the current plan for the Purple Line ought to be scrapped.

In addition to destroying a unique park – the three mile section of the Capital Crescent Trail – the Purple Line would require almost $1 billion in new gas taxes and a $1 billion subsidy from the federal government to construct. This is money that would be better spent on fixing our state’s decaying roads and bridges, and not on a single rail line that predominantly shifts bus riders to transit.

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail is dedicated to protecting open space, park land and quality of life in Montgomery County, and we support transportation investments that make sense. But as the current plan for Purple Line is a recklessly expensive and environmentally damaging project, we call on Governor O’Malley to immediately put a stop to it. For more information, the public is invited to visit www.savethetrail.org.