• Purple Line station

  • Controversial areas

  • Metro station

Controversial points along the proposed Purple Line

    The Purple Line would be a light-rail system designed to thread through heavily populated neighborhoods along local streets in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. This is different from the heavy-rail system of the Metro, which has longer trains that require bigger stations, often underground.

    Purple Line

    • owned by the Maryland Transit Administration
    • would run mostly above ground, along local streets
    • two-car trains
    • powered by overhead electrical wires
    • limited station parking, designed to be reached mostly by foot, bike or bus
    • honor system ticketing with ticket-enforcement officers doing random checks


    • owned by WMATA
    • trains run in own right-of-way
    • six-to-eight-car trains
    • powered by a third rail
    • parking available at select Metro stations
    • turnstile ticketing

    Source: Maryland Department of Transportation, staff reports.