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Broad Coalition Unites in Annapolis
to Call for Building the Purple Line Now!

Transit Night at the Maryland State House, March 9, 2015. Photo by Aimee Custis for Coalition for Smarter Growth under a Creative Commons license.

Annapolis, MD- A unified and broad coalition of business, community, and environmental groups gathered in Annapolis tonight to call on legislators to build the Purple Line without delay. Well over a hundred Purple Line advocates met in the Lowe House Building before visiting their representatives’ offices to encourage them to keep fighting for the Purple Line at this critical moment.

“The Purple Line will create thousands of permanent jobs, generate billions of dollars in new economic activity, and provide a vital east-transit transit connection between the University of Maryland and job centers in Maryland’s inner suburbs,” said Ralph Bennett, President of Purple Line NOW.¬† “The project is shovel-ready and almost $1 billion of federal funding is sitting on the table waiting for the State to move forward. This project has been in the works for more than two decades, and further delay is not an option,” he added.

Representatives from the region's business community emphasized the project’s economic importance. “The business community is united behind this project,” said Miti Figueredo, on behalf of the Economic Partners of the Purple Line, a pro-Purple Line business coalition. Ms. Figueredo, a Vice President of The Chevy Chase Land Company, added that “we understand that the continued growth of our region’s economy absolutely depends on the Purple Line, and many of our companies have made strategic investments with the expectation that it would be built after so many years of study.”

¬†Richard Parsons, Vice Chair of the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, says “employers want to locate near transit, and residents want to live near transit,” emphasizing that Maryland’s suburbs need more transit options in order to compete for private sector and federal jobs. “The FBI is looking for a new site and Marriott just announced that it plans to relocate its headquarters near transit,” Mr. Parsons added. “Maryland needs the Purple Line to remain competitive, and I’m hopeful Governor Hogan will understand this.”

We need your financial help to continue our campaign! You can donate by sending a check or online by credit card.

Purple Line NOW!
P.O. Box 7074
Silver Spring, MD 20907-7074

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Because Purple Line NOW! is a social welfare organization, and not a charitable organization, contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.

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