This happened today
Standing above the Bethesda Metro Station Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the investments, saying that they will bring needed jobs and traffic relief.
The biggest project is the Purple Line/Capital Crescent Trail project. The CCT ends in Bethesda and then becomes the unpaved Georgetown Branch Trail. The GBT is where the Purple Line will be built with the CCT extended along it past the current eastern terminus to Silver Spring. Nonetheless a group called Save the Capital Crescent Trail is fighting to save the Georgetown Branch Trail (which actually will no longer exist). I suppose because if people said they wanted to save the Georgetown Branch Trail, most people wouldn't know what the hell that was.
Anyway, Save the Capital Crescent Trail (sic) showed up to protest the announcement.
Shouting “Bury the rail, save the trail,” opponents of the Purple Line frequently voiced their position over those who spoke.
Deborah Vollmer of Chevy Chase said the rail line will lead to incalculable loss along the Capital Crescent Trail (sic), a hiker-biker trail that, at points, parallels the Purple Line’s planned path. Not opposed to mass transit, she said the rail should be buried to avoid impacting the park-like atmosphere of the trail.
Ajay Bhatt, president of Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail (sic), said the announcement was bad news for the county’s green spaces.
“They talked a lot about development and a lot about growth in Maryland, but where are the parks going to come into play?” he said.
His organization is concerned that the Purple Line will take away the trail’s ambiance by placing parts of it next to the planned light rail.
After the announcement in Bethesda, Bhatt argued the Capital Crescent Trail is a valuable resource for downcounty residents.
“If you go on the Capital Crescent Trail (sic) between here and Georgia Avenue, it’s packed,” he said.
This is where I learned two things. One, the trail goes all the way to Georgia Avenue (I've ridden it many times and have never found the Stewart Avenue to Georgia Avenue section). Two, it's "packed". I must only ride at the times when it is lightly used. Like beautiful weekends and rush hour - y'know the slow periods.