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SMTA Weighs in Again on Purple Line Debate

March 6, 2015 | Author: John Fineran

Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) Vice Chair, Richard Parsons, spoke out strongly in favor of the Purple Line at a recent debate at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, organized by the Maryland Public Policy Institute.  Parsons squared off against noted transit critic, Randall O'Toole of the Cato Foundation. Parsons made the case that both the economic development the Purple Line would bring -- tens of thousands of new jobs every year in addition to thousands of short-term construction jobs -- and the transportation benefits from creating a regional transportation...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Business Leaders Make their Case for Purple Line

February 4, 2015 | Author:MoveMDweb

Business leaders from the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, other local Chambers and leaders in the building industry from across the Washington Region came together today at the University of Maryland for a strategy session with top political leaders on advancing the Purple Line, which is due to begin construction by the end of 2015. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has included initial funding in his first budget, and will be making a final decision on the project after a 90-day...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Area Experts Ask: Why Not Extend the ICC?

January 5, 2015 | Author: John Fineran

The Washington Post recently ran a provocative article submitted by two leading transportation experts, Alan Pisarski and Peter Samuel, entitled Expand the Intercounty Connector for a Truly Regional Transportation Network. The authors note correctly that -- contrary to the "spin" we often hear from anti-road activists -- tens of thousands of people are using the Intercounty Connector (ICC) every day.  In fact, more passengers are traveling on the ICC each day than on the much more expensive Silver Line, traffic on the parallel section of the Beltway has dropped 8% since the ICC...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Purple Line May Face New Post-Election Hurdles

December 30, 2014 | Author:MoveMDweb

The Purple Line, a long-debated light-rail transit line running from the Bethesda through Silver Spring, College Park and eventually connecting all the way to New Carrollton, may be facing new hurdles with the election of Larry Hogan as Maryland's next Governor.  As reported in the Washington Post, during the campaign Hogan expressed skepticism regarding the need for the Purple Line, though he later moderated his comments and now says he will keep an open mind.  We hope so. SMTA has long supported the Purple Line as an important suburb-to-suburb connection between key...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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Final Section of ICC to Open Fully by November 10

November 6, 2014 | Author: John Fineran

[caption id="attachment_897" align="alignleft" width="242"] Construction on final ICC segment[/caption] New Interchange in Prince George's County also Set to Open by Monday The InterCounty Connector, or ICC, will soon be open all the way from the I-270 corridor to Route 1 in Prince George's County. Here is a map of the new intersection at Route 1.  Please watch for new traffic patterns. More details are provided in the update below from the Maryland Transportation Authority.   FINAL SECTION OF ICC AND NEW INTERCHANGE IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY TO OPEN BY MONDAY...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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VICTORY! – Question 1 Cruises to HUGE Win in Maryland!

November 5, 2014 | Author:MoveMDweb

Transportation "Lock-Box" Amendment Draws Support from over 80% of Maryland Voters Maryland voters have spoken!  And with their overwhelming approval tonight, the Maryland Constitution will now be amended to prevent the diversion of Transportation Trust Fund revenues to non-transportation purposes.  Any way you look at it, this is a huge victory for Maryland transportation advocates, and passage of Question 1 will help ensure a more stable and predictable funding stream for major transit and road improvements in the Free State for years to come. SMTA is releasing the following statement to...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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