September 13, 2008

Help Make the Purple Line a Reality!

Dear Friends,

For over 20 years, environmental, civic, business, and activist groups have been fighting to add a Purple Line to the region's metrorail system. But for this to become a reality, we must act now. This light rail project would run from Bethesda to New Carrollton, with stops in Chevy Chase, College Park, Silver Spring, .Takoma/Langley, and more. But more importantly, in the midst of growing concern about our climate, unceasing traffic congestion, long commutes, and a looming recession impacted by high gas prices -- the Purple Line would encourage environmentally responsible development, take 20,000 cars off the road, shorten commutes and improve our economy.

There are three actions you can take to make this Light Rail Transit Line a reality.

1. Sign our On-Line petition TODAY
: Help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures - a small percentage of the 1.5 million daily transit riders in our region. Go to: for a direct link to the petition.  There is also a link to request one of our new "Purple Line Greener Future" lawn signs at this page.

2. Volunteer to circulate a letter in support of the Purple Line among your neighbors, condo association members or other friends and colleagues.  Contact to help. In the meantime, comments supporting the Purple Line can be sent to Michael Madden, Project Manager - Maryland Transit Administration - 6 St. Paul Street - Baltimore, MD 21202 or via e-mail to with Purple Line DEIS in the subject line.
3. Finally, Purple Line NOW! is committed to ensuring that our transportation future is not dictated by the wealthy members of the Columbia Country Club or Town of Chevy Chase.  If you can help defer the cost of printing or conducting this grassroots campaign, PLN will appreciate any donation - be it $25, $250 or $2,500.  Send a check today to Purple Line NOW!  P.O. Box 7074 Silver Spring, MD 20907-7074 or you may click-and-pledge your donation on our website: