Saturday, November 28, 2009

Residents lobby for Purple Line station - Gazette

Some fear stop would stir up quiet community along Dale Drive

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

The light-rail vs. bus rapid-transit Purple Line debate has finally been settled, but it's clear residents along Dale Drive in Silver Spring still have work to do, lobbying Monday night for a Purple Line station, and the transit-related amenities they say will come with it, to be placed in their neighborhood.

County officials and planners have told Maryland Transit Authority officials they are unsure about including a light-rail station at Dale Drive and Wayne Avenue along the Purple Line, a 16-mile, $1.5 billion mass-transit route that would connect downtown Bethesda to New Carrolton via Silver Spring. MTA included the Dale Drive station in the original Purple Line design, but county officials and planners weren't sure the station would yield positive ridership numbers.

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