“There has been another frustrating update in the saga of the Purple Line mass transit project.“ – Marc Elrich

Courtesy @PurpleLineMD

Last week, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration and Purple Line Transit Partners announced they are seeking Board of Public Works approval that extends the contractual deadline the completion of the Purple Line to Winter 2027. Marc Elrich commented on the delay, referring to it as “another frustrating update in the saga of the Purple Line mass transit project.”

The cost of the project is now up to approximately $10 billion, after initially being budgeted for $5.6 billion in 2016. It was initially scheduled to be completed in 2022. Elrich’s full comment, via his weekly message, can be seen here:

“There has been another frustrating update in the saga of the Purple Line mass transit project. We learned this week that the project needs another $425 million in “relief payments” related to delays. The new estimated opening has also been pushed back to 2027.

The State’s Board of Public Works will vote on the request next week. Even though this is something that Governor Wes Moore must now deal with, this project truly went off the tracks under the leadership of former Governor Larry Hogan.

Unfortunately, this project was mis-designed and mis-managed, and for years, I have tried to explain how to build a more efficient, more cost-effective transit system. The original Metro was intended to help Washington area businesses with their workforce. It does not address mobility within Montgomery County. While I hope the Purple Line will eventually help some with east-west mobility, it is not nearly as efficient or effective as a well-run Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system would be. BRT does not need tracks in the ground, wires overhead and trees removed from near its path. BRT can provide the same transit service as a light rail line, which is the current design for the Purple Line.

This is not Governor Moore’s fault. Construction began on the Purple Line in 2017–six years before he took office. There is still a lot of potential for new business, growth, amenities and homes to be built around the Purple Line. Let’s hope we start to see that come into focus sooner rather than later.”

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

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Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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