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I read the same opinion piece this morning and Mr. Sullivan certainly takes a pessimistic view of the future light rail line and relocated bike-ped trail that will run alongside it. While its probably true that the trail will feel more open than it does today (though less than when it was a working railway to the Georgetown power plant), calling it a barren field is just plain hyperbole. Once the plantings and vegetation have recovered from construction, the trail should be a very pleasant (and smooth) part of the regional bike and walking network. I can't wait to take the full loop around the MBT and CCT by bike, to say nothing about a safe and quick bike ride to Silver Spring, Bethesda, and beyond!

Bring on the Purple Line!

Not once can I recall someone opposing the purple line on the basis that the changes to the CCT are unreasonable.

It's always straight to "the purple line will destroy the trail" which is such a huge lie but nevertheless a persistent argument despite how amazingly untrue it is.

I'm not sure why paving the CCT, completing it to Silver Spring and linking it to MBT has to be held hostage to building the PL? I'd love to see the trail improved, but am not convinced that building a train improves a trail.

Also, I'd note that as a member of the MoCo Purple Line Advisory Group, none of the pictures we were shown by MTA in any of the meetings I attended look anything like the one posted above. Rather, we were shown a 4-foot concrete wall with up to 8-feet of fencing on top. Nor were grass tracks guaranteed (a budget item to be determined later), nor were landscaped buffers to be guaranteed (a budget item...). Nor were benches or lighting or striping along the trail. The latter were all matters for the county, which has yet to pony up the funds.

What we have now is less than ideal, but the who notion of "build the rail, complete the trail" was ill-conceived from the start. I think supporters of the trail ought to be cautious before painting the PL as a cure-all.

The portion of the CCT that has the highest usage by an order of magnitude and comprises far more than half the total length won't be touched.

The grass median actually made it in but then was taken out by Hogan.

But the issue isn't whether or not the trail can only be built in conjuction with the purple line but the fact that the opposition's entire tack was to say the trail would be "destroyed".

Only one side has been consistently lying about the trail and the purple line and its not purple line proponents.

I'm not sure why paving the CCT, completing it to Silver Spring and linking it to MBT has to be held hostage to building the PL?

Wayne Phyillaier laid out that case on his blog at silverspringtrails.org. Unfortunately that blog is no more. But it basically has to do with what CSX is willing to accept on it's property and that they won't allow a trail next to their rail - but they will allow a trail next to the Purple Line. It's an interesting question as to whether or not the CCT to SS could be built without the PL. Maybe it could.

But it would be many years away. It would be back to the drawing board, and restart the negotiations and re-evaluate the project, etc... Without traffic from PL users it would be harder to justify the costs and maybe it would be worth less of an investment.

So, it really throws a monkey in the wrench and to save what? A few thousand dollars. No thanks.

I'd love to see the trail improved, but am not convinced that building a train improves a trail.

Building the train improves the utility of the trail, by creating more destinations along it.

none of the pictures we were shown by MTA in any of the meetings I attended look anything like the one posted above<.i<

I got it from the PL website. I also think it's in the DEIS.

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