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For Immediate Release:  

(Alternatives Analysis/ Draft Environmental Impact Statement)

(Baltimore, MD) October 16, 2008 – The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is accepting public comment on the Purple Line Study AA/DEIS through January 14, 2009.  The AA/DEIS presents the project’s purpose and need, and analysis of the various alternatives and environmental considerations.  The document is prepared in accordance with standards set by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail or bus rapid transit line that would extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, providing a direct connection with Metro, MARC, AMTRAK, and local bus services.  The Purple Line would have approximately 21 stations and would also serve Takoma Park, Langley Park, University of Maryland, and Riverdale Park. The main goal of the project is to provide faster, more reliable transit service options.

The public has several ways between now and January 14 to share their comments on this project:

  1.  Provide written comments in the comment box provided at the public hearings; 
  2.  Give oral testimony at one of the public hearings;
  3. Write t Diane Ratcliff, MTA Director of Planning at:
    MTA Office of Planning
    6 St. Paul Street, 9th Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202
  4.  Submit electronic statements to the Purple Line website:
  5.  Email 

Dates & Locations of Purple Line AA/DEIS Public Hearings (Open House during first 30 minutes):

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Open House: 10:30 a.m.
Public Hearing: 11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
New Carrollton Municipal Center
6016 Princess Garden Parkway
New Carrollton, MD  20784

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Open House: 4:30 p.m 
Public Hearing: 5:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.
National 4-H Youth Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD  20815

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Open House: 4:30 p.m 
Public Hearing: 5:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.
Univ of Maryland – Ritchie Coliseum
Route 1 
College Park, MD  20742

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Open House: 12:30 p.m.
Public Hearing: 1:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery College – Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Falcon Hall, 7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD  20912

The AA/DEIS is available for review online at and the following locations:


Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Bladensburg Library
4820 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD  20710

Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD  20815

Greenbelt Library
11 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD  20770

Hyattsville Library

6530 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, MD  20782

Long Branch Library
8800 Garland Avenue
Silver Spring, MD  20901

New Carrollton Library

7414 Riverdale Road
New Carrollton, MD  20784

Silver Spring Library
8901 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD  20910

Takoma Park Maryland Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Takoma Park, MD  20912

University of Maryland
Hornbake Library
College Park, MD  20742

Maryland Department of Legislative Services Library
Legislative Services Building
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD  21401

Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD  21401

Maryland State Law Library
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard #6
Annapolis, MD 21401

State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD  21201-4484

Additional locations to review the AA/DEIS:

Montgomery County M-NCPPC
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD  20910

Prince George’s County M-NCPPC
6600 Kenilworth Avenue
Riverdale, MD  20737

Silver Spring Regional Services Center
8435 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD  20910

Maryland Department of Transportation
Regional Office
4351 Garden City Drive, Suite 305
New Carrollton, MD  20785

For additional information on MTA schedules, fares and other services, visit
or call (410) 539-5000 or (866) RIDE-MTA. TTY 410-539-3497

Jawauna Greene
Office:  (410) 767-3936
Cellular: 443-392-2983

Cheron Victoria Wicker
Office: 410-767-3936
Cellular: 443-386-8605

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