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Chevy Chase officials are delaying a decision on a Purple Line crossing at Lynn Drive until they hold a public hearing.

Town Council members voted 4-0 at their meeting Wednesday to ask the state to keep the option for a crossing open, according to a summary of the meeting published by the town.

Councilman John Bickerman was not at the meeting.

The Gazette previously reported that the Maryland Transit Administration wanted to know by Friday whether to include the proposed crossing in its request for proposals from contractors hoping to build the light rail line. If town officials decide this summer that they don’t want the crossing there after all, they can probably withdraw their request, according to Mike Madden, a transit administration official.

The crossing would link to an existing footpath in the town, but the narrow path is not wheelchair accessible and the town mgith have to pay some of the costs associated with building the crossing. Also, the town or the county probably would have to acquire property on the opposite side of the Capital Crescent Trail to connect to the crossing.

The council plans to hold a public hearing on the proposed crossing at its July meeting, according to the summary. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 9 at Town Hall.

The town’s website has more information about the Maryland Transit Administration’s proposal for the crossing on its website, townofchevychase.org.



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