Friday, January 9, 2009

Planning Board's Purple Line Decision - Update

The Planning Board will meet Thursday, January 15 at 10 am to make a recommendation on the mode and alignment of the Purple Line. You can view the agenda for the Planning Board at You are more than welcome to attend the meeting, but no testimony will be taken. However, you can watch the Planning Board live at your computer by going to and clicking on January 15. This website also contains the Planning Board session from January 8.

The following is a press release that was sent out yesterday morning about the Planning Board meeting.

"Based on the keen level of interest in the Purple Line, and the dozens of people signed up to speak before the Planning Board today, Chairman Royce Hanson will recommend to fellow board members that they postpone discussion and a final recommendation until their Thursday, January 15 meeting. If the board agrees, the hearing will begin with transportation planners presenting their report, then public testimony. The board would re-open discussion of the Purple Line on January 15, but not accept additional testimony. View board agendas.

After the board crafts its recommendations, it will send its input to the County Council, which will consider the Purple Line on January 22. The Council will transmit recommendations about the segment of the transit line that runs through Montgomery County to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)."

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