|Early morning tweet calling for|
extension of Purple Line through
Westbard, Sumner comes less than
24 hours after groundbreaking for
main Purple Line projeet
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Day after Purple Line groundbreaking, advocates already pushing for extension to Westbard, Sumner (Photos)
The long-term plan has been to connect downtown Bethesda with Tysons. There will be stations at River Road (where the County is attempting to acquire industrial land for a "park," on the site of the future Purple Line station, and possible rail yard and electrical transformer) and Sangamore Road.
Future sites of transit-oriented development are planned for the Shops at Sumner Place, and commercial properties along MacArthur Boulevard between Sangamore Road and the D.C. line, creating overlay sprawl similar to that approved in the Westbard sector plan. Advocates are split as to how they will get the trains over the river to Tysons from Sumner.
"Time to start lobbying to extend the Purple Line!" wrote Bill Smith on the developer-backed Greater Greater Washington website last night. Of course, given the topography of the former Georgetown Branch railbed, and its narrow width compared to the width of the two-track+trail Purple Line, the environmental devastation would be beyond imagination. But, "Shhhhh.....! There are no plans to extend the Purple Line to Westbard!"