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Extending the MetBranch 3.5 miles from Silver Spring to Kensington would be great. The first 1.0 mile is the identical route as the proposed future Capital Crescent Trail, and would connect the CCT into Silver Spring.

The major fly in the ointment is CSX. The trail would need an easement in the CSX right-of-way in several crucial places, and CSX has clearly said "no way" for a trail alone. Railroads are protected by federal law from state and local governments "taking" an easement. But CSX has indicated it will cooperate with a joint transit/trail easement if the Purple Line is built.
This MetBranch trail extension to Kensington, and completion of the Capital Crescent Trail, both ride on the future of the Purple Line.

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