Purple Line Route Stymies Politicians

What’s one thing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin Cardin and his Republican opponent Michael S. Steele have in common? Although they have said they support it, neither seem to know where the Purple Line would go. During their televised debate this week Steele caught Cardin off guard with a question about the location of the Purple Line. According to the Post’s account, “After starting to hazard a guess, sputtering out ‘Chevy Chase,’ Cardin snapped, ‘I’m not going to answer your question,’ and pushed back at Steele, asking him about national health insurance.” Yikes. The next day Steele did little better to prove he understood the project, directing reporters to meet him at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. The only problem? The terminus now planned is four miles away — in downtown Bethesda. The exchange is on YouTube, thanks to the Cardin campaign: [via JUTP via MoCoPolitics]

Detailed descriptions of the currently planned route is available on the official state website on the Corridor Route and Community Focus Group sections. (The route runs from New Carrollton to Bethesda via College Park, Langley Park, and Silver Spring.) Of course, we have our own Google Map of the route through College Park along with additional background information on our Purple Line Library Page. We think both candidates need to read up, and be reminded that saying they support the project is far from the kind of aggressive support it needs.

2 thoughts on “Purple Line Route Stymies Politicians”

  1. Maryland politics is terribly Baltimore-centric. Had the Purple Line been a rail project for Balitmore, every candidate and his brother would have an opinion on it—oh yeah, and it would have been built 10 years ago.

  2. Is that really true? Why, then, does Baltimore have only one subway and one light-rail line, neither of which gaining much ridership – while Maryland funded Metro extensions into its suburbs of D.C. whose stops are now major hubs of activity?

    I don’t think we can blame Baltimore on our Purple Line problems.

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