Purple Line Planners To Talk Noise Mitigation In Chevy Chase


Purple Line planners will demonstrate how they plan to mitigate noise along the planned light rail when they come to the Town of Chevy Chase for a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Town's Purple Line Mitigation Advisory Group has worked with Maryland Transit Administration officials since late 2009, in an effort to minimize the negative impact the above-ground system would have if built along the existing Capital Crescent Trail. Noise, visual impacts and safety have been the Group's main concerns. In 2008, Town leaders pushed for a Bus Rapid Transit system instead of the Purple Line to no avail. But the future of the 16-mile system from Bethesda to New Carrollton, with planned stops in Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and College Park, is uncertain without state transportation funding this year. If the General Assembly fails to come up with a funding solution in this session, the Maryland Department of Transportation has recommended putting a halt to design work such as the presentation that MTA officials will give on Wednesday. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Town Hall (4301 Willow Lane.) Map via Maryland Transit Administration

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