The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail sees the Federal Transit Administration’s approval of the Purple Line project for the preliminary engineering phase [“Purple Line heads into engineering phase,” Metro, Oct. 8] as an opportunity to examine the project’s details. During this phase, the Maryland Transit Administration will have to get specific about the scope, budget and timeline of the project. The MTA will also have to endure the scrutiny of the National Environmental Protection Act process.
Will the project survive if the MTA insists on the Purple Line alignment through the Capital Crescent Trail? We believe that is highly unlikely. Why? The MTA will have to acknowledge the projected environmental devastation — specifically, the bulldozing of a generations-old forest ecosystem home to thousands of mature trees, providing canopy for a park enjoyed by hundreds of thousands each year.