Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Purple Line trip back to the future? - Gazette

Issues raised by light rail were brought up by Chevy Chase trolley more than 100 years ago

by Andrew Ujifusa | Staff Writer

Whatever the impact of the proposed Purple Line light rail project, it's unlikely that it will feature cowcatchers, three-cent fares and local grocery delivery. In these respects, the Rock Creek Railway's legacy appears secure.

Supporters and opponents have considered the Purple Line's effect on transportation, development and recreation to 2030 and beyond. But the issues surrounding the bearing of mass transit on residential communities in Montgomery County go back to the late 19th century, when two revolutionary developments at the time, the suburb and the electric trolley, came together to form the first Chevy Chase communities.

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