Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Purple Line would not solve traffic congestion

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Neil Greene made a couple of statements that need to be questioned (‘‘More positives for Purple Line,” July 4 letter).

He said that there is overwhelming support for the Purple Line from the state and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. What data does he have to back up that statement?

Logistically speaking, only a small subset of the people would ever have the need to ride the Purple Line.

Mr. Greene, an architect and urban planner with the Action Committee for Transit, also said that eventually the plan is to encircle the entire metro area connecting all nine Metro lines.

The light rail plan will create a system that is not part of Metrorail, as we know it. With the recent plan for 21 stops between New Carrollton and Bethesda it will make it far too slow for rides of more than just a few miles.

Also, how will you go west from Bethesda and southeast from New Carrollton with this light rail?

The Purple Line will not remove a considerable amount of car traffic from our roads. There have been no studies that show that it will.

I noticed that the Action Committee for Transit, which is supposedly pro-transit, has relatively small interest in the Corridor Cities Transitway. That project would almost undoubtedly remove a good chunk of the daily Interstate 270 automobile traffic.

Why aren’t they pushing hard for the completion of that project?

James Whetzel, Chevy Chase