COURT ORDERS FURTHER NEPA REVIEW FOR CONTROVERSIAL PURPLE LINE PROJECT

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has again agreed with our arguments, on behalf of Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and local activists, that the controversial Purple Line – an environmentally destructive and massively expensive developer-driven light rail project that would be built in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland – must be analyzed in a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) before it may move forward.  Because of the enormous problems and declining ridership plaguing the Metrorail system in the D.C. area – ridership on which the Purple Line is heavily dependent for its justification – the Court has held that the Federal Transit Administration must consider whether other previously rejected alternatives (such as improved bus service) that may be far less environmentally destructive, as well as far less expensive, should now be reconsidered.  If the Purple Line does ultimately move forward, it will destroy many acres of forests, degrade area water ways, harm resident wildlife (including imperiled species) and historic sites, among many other adverse impacts.  A copy of the Court’s ruling that an SEIS must be prepared is here.