As the Purple Line Moves Forward . . .

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Did anyone expect that Michael D. Madden, the Maryland Transit Administration's project manager on the Purple Line study, would not come up with the numbers needed to push the Purple Line? Isn't that his job? ["Trips on Purple Line Rail Projected at 68,000 Daily," Metro, May 30].

While politicians cited "better service to lower-income workers" who can't afford cars, and the article mentioned "slow and unreliable buses," neither raised the issue of developers' interest in the project. Until The Post investigates this issue, the story belongs on the editorial page, not in the Metro section.




I appreciate Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery) advocating for her Latino constituents who now depend on unreliable buses.

A light-rail Purple Line would attract other demographic groups as well. It would increase housing and transportation options for faculty, staff and students at the University of Maryland, where parking permits are expensive and where the only Metro station is a 20-minute walk from the nearest part of campus.

A Purple Line would also attract car owners like me: I would love to trade my 25-minute driving commute for a transit commute that takes the same amount of time or less. But a so-called rapid -- yet actually slower -- bus line would give Terps and east-west drivers little reason to ride.

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