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The Purple Line took a major step forward on March 4 when President Obama presented his proposed federal budget for next fiscal year. The budget included $100M in funding from FTA to support construction of the Purple Line in 2015. Of even more importance, the FTA listed the Purple Line as one of the seven major transit projects in the nation that are most eligible and deserving of receiving a full funding grant agreement.
Purple Line NOW! president Ralph Bennett was quoted in The Washington Post reacting to the good news: "It's absolutely fundamental, It means the feds are in for their first major piece of their share . . . This is just a fantastically positive sign."
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Long time Purple Line supporter Dan Reed points out in Greater Greater Washington that we still have a way to go to get over the finish line. The budget still has to be approved and a full funding grant agreement must be completed. Several enemies of the Purple Line are preparing lawsuits that must be overcome. But still, yesterday's announcement signals the strong support from FTA for the project which is crucial for success. From Dan: "In any case, yesterday was a great day for the Purple Line. When I attended my first Purple Line meeting in 2003, as a junior in high school, I assumed that I'd be riding it by now. Hopefully, 28 years after the project was first announced, we won't have to wait much longer."
Participate in Transportation Forum
Purple Line NOW! hosted an exciting Transportation Forum with Maryland's Gubernatorial Candidates on Tuesday, February 18 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
and making it available to us on Youtube!
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A large audience made up of transit enthusiasts, labor groups, students, elected officials as well as the greater community was present. Many showed their strong support for the Purple Line by generously sponsoring the event - see our list of event sponsors Here. WAMU Radio, The Washington Post and The Gazette reported that the candidates largely agreed the Purple Line must be built, though they differed on who could best build it!
Although this event was organized by Purple Line NOW!, the Program was conducted in a neutral manner with introductions of each candidate done by Montgomery College Vice President and Provost, Dr. Brad Stewart. Neither Purple Line NOW! nor Montgomery College support or oppose any political party or candidate.
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