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State moves future Purple Line facility away from Lyttonsville homes

Maryland transit planners have redesigned a future Purple Line rail yard and maintenance facility to locate it farther from homes in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring, state transit planners told residents at a community meeting Wednesday evening.

The rail yard, where light rail trains would be stored, and the maintenance facility would be more compact and relocated to an industrial area along Brookville Road, west of Lyttonsville Place and near property owned by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The change might require relocating part of Brookville Road and could result in trains crossing Stewart Avenue, according to Montgomery County planners.

Some Lyttonsville residents had said the previous proposed location — both west and east of Lyttonsville Place — was too close to homes. Maryland Transit Administration planners said the new location would require condemning five properties, compared to the previous 17.

A proposed 16-mile light rail Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrollton is estimated to cost $1.93 billion. Maryland transit planners are seeking federal funding for half of the construction costs and recently proceeded into more detailed engineering. One of the 21 planned stations would be in Lyttonsville, just west of downtown Silver Spring.

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.

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