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Underground Lunch & Learn: Building the Purple Line in Bethesda: A 16-Mile Light Rail Line Connection
October 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
Building the Purple Line in Bethesda: A 16-mile Light Rail Line Connection
The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It would provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line would also connect to MARC, AMTRAK, and local bus services. The Purple Line will operate light rail vehicles mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast, reliable transit operations. Twenty-one stations are planned along the route, creating new connections between communities and neighborhoods.
As the Purple Line’s owner, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the lead agency, working with the support and close coordination of a team that includes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Maryland State Highway Administration, and local municipalities in the project area.
The Bethesda Station South Entrance will tie the existing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Subway at Bethesda Station to the new Purple Line system. The Train platforms for each system are separated by about 140’ of elevation. This is the current underground construction challenge for Traylor Brothers as part of the Purple Line Transit Constructors Team.