Monday, March 9, 2009

Silver Spring Frets Over Purple Line - Washington Post

Some Worry About Effect on Downtown

By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 5, 2009; GZ01

Many Silver Spring residents say they hope a Purple Line will someday provide a faster ride to Bethesda and other parts of the region. At the same time, they voice concerns about the impact of the transitway on their redeveloped restaurant and shopping district.

Some suggest that light-rail trains would travel too slowly and make traffic worse unless they run under the downtown area via a tunnel.

Some activists say the Purple Line's effects on the community's commercial area have gotten short shrift from Maryland transit planners, Montgomery County's elected officials and the news media when compared with the hubbub over trains potentially running along a popular wooded walking and biking path between Silver Spring and Bethesda.

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