MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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Looking at the construction, I'm curious where on Wayne it will run: the north side, south or down the middle?


Down the middle. Dale Drive will be an island platform station similar to the DC Streetcar stations on Benning Road.

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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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drwho9437 wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:33 pm
My guess of the initial operating segment is confirmed:

https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... ent--59395
This would make sense as the main yard for the trains is at the east-end of the line at Glenridge which is just west of route 450.
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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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This would make sense as the main yard for the trains is at the east-end of the line at Glenridge which is just west of route 450.


And only maintenance facility.

If memory servers, earlier plans had a smaller maintenance facility at the Lyttonsville Yard.
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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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There were lots of things in the design before it got Hogan'ed.....

Is the UMD platform as far away from the Green Line entrance as it seems from the imagery?

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farecard wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:00 am
There were lots of things in the design before it got Hogan'ed.....
https://www.purplelinemd.com/component/ ... x-corridor
it's not as extensive as it once was, but there is definitely a yard there.

Is the UMD platform as far away from the Green Line entrance as it seems from the imagery?
https://www.purplelinemd.com/component/ ... -metro-new
It doesn't look too bad. It's very convenient for MARC passengers.

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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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https://montgomeryplanning.org/planning ... documents/

The 30% plans have huge amounts of detail, but some of it has changed, but if you want engineering drawings for the MoCo section this is the best source.

Your particular question is answered by the official website routing maps:
https://www.purplelinemd.com/component/ ... -drive-new

As well as indirectly via the station features summary:
https://www.purplelinemd.com/component/ ... n-features

And the landscaping plans:
https://www.purplelinemd.com/construction/plans

It runs down the middle of Wayne in a shared center lane with traffic. Getting from Silver Spring metro to University might be one of the slowest sections per mile of the route.

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Heads up to all, there is a person over at reddit.com/r/SilverSpring that is posting progress pictures at the Silver Spring station.
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I was there a few days ago. From the interior work, it appears the platform will be right where that visible pillar is, with passengers entering from the 2nd floor via a bridge.

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WMATA is closing the Red line north of Takoma this weekend to allow the contractor to set the girders that will carry the Purple line tracks over the north end of the Silver Spring Metrorail station platform.
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Looks like their were delayed. Reddit people said they didn't even close colesville. There is steel on site now though as someone posted a picture of that. Looks like they might hang stuff soon but probably not over CSX/WMATA as this weekend I don't think is a shutdown.

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Lots of photos of construction on Reddit (/r/silverspring):

https://imgur.com/a/uZ04a9Y

https://imgur.com/a/OoAadZt

https://i.redd.it/kvagp1uohqd41.jpg

One guy takes a photo from the same location every few days but the others are more occasional. Looks like they have some I-beams over the CSX/Red line as of this weekend. Looks like WMATA has the red line closed every other weekend for a while.

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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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This appears to have been taken from 1010 Wayne Ave. It overlooks the parking garage.

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Someone took a cool shot from the redline platform today, looks like they got the 4th beam to the midpoint of the redline:

https://www.reddit.com/r/SilverSpring/c ... _platform/

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Re: MTA Purple Line Bethesda - New Carrollton Light Rail

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I went under the tracks last night at 10pm. It must have been in place by then as the road was open.

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They didn't close the road for any of it. I heard the fright train sometime late in the evening though so they were done before I fell asleep.

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