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Purple Line Vote In Montgomery County

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By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is expected to vote this morning on a station alignment plan for the proposed Purple Line.

The long-discussed but never funded transit line would connect Bethesda with the New Carrollton Metro station in Prince George's County. The plan up for vote today would set where stations and the right-of-way for the line would be in Montgomery County.

Something that will not be included is single-tracking the Purple Line between Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues in Bethesda. Council President Nancy Floreen says the state nixed the idea.

"It would delay service, and according to the experts, make it less appealing and perhaps drive ridership down," she says.

Some residents in Bethesda and Chevy Chase also felt single-tracking the line would reduce the number of trees in the area that would have to be cut down. But the Maryland Transportation Administration says it will have to cut down the same number of trees regardless.

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