Community Meetings Being Held In-Person to Address Progress of Purple Line Construction

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County:
Progress of continuing work on the Purple Line, including introduction of the new contractor, are the focus of a series of in-person meetings being held by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). The State department is managing the project.

The meetings are open to the public and questions are permitted during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at North Chevy Chase Elementary School. The school is located at
3700 Jones Bridge Road in Chevy Chase.

The Purple Line will be a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line also will connect to MARC, Amtrak and local bus services. The revised planned completion date is 2026.

MDOT MTA is planning community meetings, open houses and Community Advisory Meetings (CATs) to give residents updates on the Purple Line. Additional information is available on the project’s website at

At the meetings, MDOT MTA will introduce the community to the new design-build contractor, Maryland Transit Solutions (MTS). Meeting attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear updates.

Among the issues that will be discussed are ongoing construction activities and the maintenance of traffic during construction (including planned detours, if applicable.

The schedule of future community meetings regarding the Purple Line:

  • Bethesda/Chevy Chase (CAT). Tuesday, June 7, 7-8:30 p.m. North Chevy Chase Elementary School, 3700 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase.
  • Greater Lyttonsville/Woodside (CAT). Tuesday, June 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Rosemary Hills Elementary School, 2111 Porter Road, Silver Spring.
  • Silver Spring (CAT). Tuesday, June 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring.
  • Long Branch (CAT). Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m. Oak View Elementary School,
  • 400 East Wayne Ave., Silver Spring.

The Purple Line team is returning to in-person meetings to engage in meaningful dialogue about the project. Specific questions also can be sent to MDOT MTA’s Outreach Team 10 days in advance of a meeting date. The Purple Line Outreach Team can be contacted at 443-451-3706 or via email at

Learn more about the Purple Line project here


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