Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Great Purple Line Summary

There's so much back and forth and changes in plan with regard to the so-called Purple Line that I generally avoid discussing it here. I can't even keep track of it myself. That's why I find this graphic from this weekend's Washington Post so valuable. (Click to enlarge.)

Personally, I'm all for it. I could walk a couple blocks and catch the train to Bethesda. Um, I mean, not that I'd ever go to Bethesda, of course...

(The retro Purple Line would still be the best alternative, IMO.)



14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please put a light rail in already and get it over with.

BTW can a girl get a "YES Purple Line" sign? Tired of all the anti ones along Dale.

Dave Murphy said...

I really wish it could be a heavy rail. I also really wish they'd consider having it go all the way around the city (Tyson's Corner, Annandale, Alexandria, National Harbor, FedEx Field). But I think most of the anti-Purple advocates are pissy about street parking or xenophobic about people from Langley Park "invading" their neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Murphy, anti-PL people are not "pissy." They are truly afraid of having their homes or yards seized by eminent domain. One of the plans would have taken backyards between Silver Spring & Thayer Aves., taking several homes and hundreds of trees. Then MTA said deep tunnel if it went there, but project pushers whine about the cost of deep tunnel. Furthermore, rezoning & transit-oriented development would take more homes and apts. including those in Langley Park. Those working-class folk would be forced out, many winding up on the street.

Anonymous said...

I want nothing to do with those Langley Parkers. Buncha mutants. I hate Langley Park. It's worse than Shelbyville!

The Purple Line is a great idea, and the best place to put it is underground where it belongs.

Anonymous said...

G/d I am tired about the emotional arguments "what about the trees, what about the homes"

So sad too bad, you're in the way of progress, take the buy out and move somewhere else rather than inconvenience the hundreds/thousands of riders who will take advantage of the purple line. If not I hope they build on top of you. I know it'll increase my property values and convenience to head over to Bethesda while I wait for Silver Spring to continue to attempt to catch up.

The whole what about the trees, what about the pollution this thing can potentially offset??? Less drivers, not as many cars idling, and with gas prices what they are it will only make more and more sense in the future.

I don't care if it's underground or not and at minimum want the light rail and not some crappy bus system that will be outdated before it even hits the pavement.

Anonymous said...

Best option would be heavy rail, which would begin connecting the metro spokes so that people can move between maryland and virginia on metro. i live in S.S., and have friends in arlington, which is 10 or so miles away. that distance is nothing; in any other city i should be able to traverse that distance without any problem. but, i never see my friends because getting to to virginia, or getting to maryland from virginia, on the beltway is so difficult. rail is the only answer. please tax me and i will pay to get metro to connect the spokes! the beltway is jammed 7 days a week, even on weekends for crying out loud. jesus christ, please tax me to get rail between virginia and maryland.

but....i know that is not feasible given the inept, short-sighted state/local gov'ts that control metro. so, second best is light rail within moco, with underground tunneling. yes, this is the most expensive option. i don't care. tax me and build it. other than east/west highway, how do we move from west to east or vice versa in moco? i am willing to pay $100 right now and every for the next 20 years to get a light rail line between bethesda and U of MD. are you listening state/local officials? what do we have to do to get traffic relief. tax me and build the damn thing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous 10:05: I'll bet you would complain to GOD -- spelled G.O.D. -- if it was your house that got destroyed for the sake of the purple line. Much easier to bitch and moan about other people who care about the homes they live in so much that they're not willing to sacrifice them on the altar of saving a few pennies. The GODdamned purple line should go underground. What you save in the short run by putting it above ground is not worth the environmental devastation and disruption of people's live and homes, not when a smarter and more compassionate alternative exists, which is putting it underground.

Even your imaginary god(s) rewards compassion, right?

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon,

g/d is actually txt shorthand for god damn. I don't believe in the imaginary skybeast your attempts to provoke - fail.

Anyhoo, throwing god out of the equation, I personally don't have compassion for people who stand in the way of progress so by all means when they start building (finally) and you're in the way they can tear down, bulldoze, build over, whatever stands in the way. Just bring me the purple line already.

Can someone post a link to articles that back up the rampant speculation about the "environmental devastation" particularly one that compares the impact between the underground and light rail or keeping things status quo? When I hear an educated argument by all means I'll change my stance, I'm open. Also what disruption of people's lives and homes are we talking about?? - This sounds more like an emotional plea in which case see paragraph 2.

Sligo said...

Godsdamn frakkin' Purple Line!

Springvale Roader said...

It would be so much simpler just to use a fleet of Raptors to jump from place to place.

Sligo said...

Or install FTL drives on MetroBus. They'd still be late.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who is buying any of these arguements about trees or fake concern for displaced homeowners or renters is blind to what really drives the politics of Montgomery County. When the powers that be DON'T want something done (as in they don't want to spend the money), they put it out for public debate. Silver Triangle anyone? The wool remains over your eyes. Pull it off and stand up to your masters.

Anonymous said...

VIVA PURPLE!!!!
I love when people propose improving urban living with ammenities such as reliable public transportation, others see it as harming the very people who would benefit the most. As for the trees, I think the thousands of cars off the roads would more than make up for the loss of some trees. Let's live in the present and get on with the Purple line!!!

Dave E said...

The purple line is a great idea, but the execution is all important. Please sweet Jesus no noisy BRT and diesel fumes that I have to breathe. Make it light rail and preserve the bike path at all costs - I would like to be able to bike to Bethesda without getting run over on Georgia Ave or 16th St.