September 18, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE APPROVAL OF $4 MILLION FOR PURPLE LINE LIGHT RAIL

Expanded public transit is good for our economy and good for the environment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, praised the Senate for approving $4 million for the Purple Line as part of the FY2010 Tran sportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. The light rail line will connect major centers of Bethesda/Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, University of Maryland/College Park, and New Carrolton with residential and business areas in between including Takoma/Langley. Once completed, the Purple Line is expected to take approximately 19,000 cars off the road each day.
 
"Job creation and economic development rely on critical infrastructure, particularly public transit.  Federal investment in the Purple Line also is good news for thousands of Marylanders, particularly federal employees, currently wasting time, money and gas in gridlock. The lack of affordable, convenient transportation choices connecting Maryland communities, along with Metro, MARC and Amtrak, has been frustrating for individuals and businesses throughout our region. But that is now changing," said Senator Cardin.
 
"Nearly half of the riders on the new Purple Line are expected to connect to Metrorail and MARC, linking to a system that for 30 years has proven its value to our region and the federal government. These new rail stops, linking major federal facilities in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, will help strengthen the important role of public transit in the day-to-day functioning of the National Capital Region."