Purple Line: Transit Officials Gather Public Input | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Purple Line: Transit Officials Gather Public Input

Play associated audio
Residents in the Beacon Heights section of Riverdale, Md. examine plans for the proposed Purple Line light rail transit line.
Elliott Francis
Residents in the Beacon Heights section of Riverdale, Md. examine plans for the proposed Purple Line light rail transit line.

Residents in the Beacon Heights section of Riverdale, Md. are speaking out about the proposed Purple Line light rail system. Tuesday night's gathering on the project was the first in a series of open house meetings sponsored by Montgomery County to gather input from residents about the transit line. The 16-mile double track rail will stretch east to west from Bethesda to New Carrolton. 

The great challenge of this decades old project is the fit. Much of the line will be above ground forcing planners to incorporate the line into existing neighborhoods.

Norman Livsey, president of the East Pines Citizens Association, doesn't like it at all. "I think it's a waste. All the houses along Riverdale Road in East Pines will be torn down," he said during the meeting, hosted by the county's Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC). "Some people have done some really nice work on their homes over the years and that will all be for naught." 

Laura Hontz, who has lived in the neighborhood for 38 years, says she's all for the Purple line as long as it raises property values. "Right now I'm looking a homes going down in value, then I'm thinking ... 'the Purple Line's coming, this is great! this is wonderful,'" she says. 

Of course, there will be challenges, says Bill Washburn, the project manager for the Purple line's transit development project. 

"First off, MTA is going to have to acquire right-of-way for cars along the route that share the roadway with traffic," he says. "Then there will be long stretches where cars run on dedicated rail, like Riverdale." Construction on the line is set to begin in 2015.

Correction: The original version of this story mis-identified the sponsor of the public input meetings. Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (MNCPPC), a Montgomery County agency, is hosting the meetings on the Purple line.

NPR

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
NPR

Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

The tiny European country of Moldova isn't known for much of anything, and especially not its wine. But its winemakers are trying to find new export markets and overcome their post-Soviet reputation.
WAMU 88.5

Bill Aims To Reduce Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

The bill would force schools to provide confidential advisors to victims and forbids athletic departments from handling sexual assault cases themselves.
NPR

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.