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Purple Line Related Projects

Purple Line
Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance
Capital Crescent Trail
Silver Spring Green Trail

Purple Line

Mandatory Referral No. MR 2014033

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) line connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton. There are ten stations in Montgomery County, including Bethesda, Connecticut Avenue, Lyttonsville, Woodside, Silver Spring Transit Center, Silver Spring Library, Dale Drive, Manchester Place, Long Branch, and Piney Branch Road. An eleventh station at Takoma/Langley Crossroads is just outside of Montgomery County, but will be used by Montgomery County residents. The light rail line operates partially in exclusive right-of-way (the Georgetown Branch), partially in the roadway in lanes dedicated for transit (University Blvd), and partially in lanes shared with traffic (Wayne Avenue).

The Purple Line will be jointly funded by the federal government and State of Maryland, with financing from the private sector. It will be designed, built, operated, and maintained by a concessionaire as part of a Public-Private Partnership.


University Blvd metro train

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Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance

Mandatory Referral No. MR 2014034

The Bethesda South Entrance is a Montgomery County project to add a second, south entrance to the Bethesda metrorail station. This station currently has an entrance on its north end, at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway, but was built to accommodate a future south entrance. The new south entrance will be located on Elm Street, just west of Wisconsin Avenue, and will connect street level, the Bethesda Purple Line station, and the south end of the Red Line station platform with six elevators and a new Red Line mezzanine. Two elevators will connect street level to the Purple Line platform. Four elevators will connect the Purple Line level to the Red Line mezzanine. Escalators and an elevator will connect the Red Line mezzanine and platform.

This is a Montgomery County project, funded by Montgomery County but under design by the Maryland Transit Administration.


Bethesda Metro elevators

Source: Maryland Transit Administration

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Capital Crescent Trail

Mandatory Referral No. MR 2014035

The Capital Crescent Trail is an off-road shared-use path that forms a crescent as it travels from Georgetown to Silver Spring via Bethesda in the Georgetown Branch right-of-way. Montgomery County purchased the right-of-way between the DC Line and the CSX tracks just west of Silver Spring in 1988. M-NCPPC has jurisdiction over the portion between the DC Line and Bethesda and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over the portion between Bethesda and Silver Spring. In 1990, the National Park Service acquired the Georgetown Branch from Georgetown to the DC Line.

The Capital Crescent Trail is currently paved between Georgetown and Bethesda. Between Bethesda and Silver Spring it is currently called the Interim Georgetown Branch Trail. It has a gravel surface between Bethesda and Lyttonsville and is on-road between Lyttonsville and Silver Spring.

The current project will extend the Capital Crescent Trail as a paved off-road shared use path from Bethesda to Silver Spring in conjunction with the Purple Line light rail project. This segment will typically be 12 feet wide with 2 feet unpaved shoulders on each side. It will serve a recreational and a transportation function, as well as providing direct access to both the Purple Line and the Bethesda and Silver Spring Metrorail stations.

The Capital Crescent Trail extension is a Montgomery County project, funded by Montgomery County and designed by the Maryland Transit Administration.

Capital Crescent Train
Source: Maryland Transit Administration

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Silver Spring Green Trail

Mandatory Referral No. MR 2014036

The Silver Spring Green Trail is an off-road shared-use path that will run between Spring Street and Sligo Creek Trail along Second Ave and Wayne Ave in downtown Silver Spring. It will connect to the Capital Crescent Trail and the Metropolitan Branch Trail at the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center. The segment of the trail between Cameron Street and the Whole Foods parking lot is complete.

The current project will extend the Silver Spring Green Trail along Wayne Avenue from the Whole Foods parking lot to Sligo Creek Parkway in conjunction with the Purple Line light rail project. This segment will typically be 8 feet wide with a 5 feet buffer from the road. It will serve a recreational and a transportation function, as well as providing direct access to Purple Line stations and the Silver Spring Metrorail station.

The extension of the Silver Spring Green Trail is a Montgomery County project, funded by Montgomery County and under design by the Maryland Transit Administration.

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M-NCPPC Staff Contact

David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
301-495-2191
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org

Tom Autrey, Functional Planning and Policy
301-495-4533
thomas.autrey@montgomeryplanning.org

Last updated: April 21, 2014