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Activists Call To Increase Purple Line Fund

Purple Line Now wants to raise the gas tax to help replenish the fund.

The Purple Line activist group in Silver Spring in support of the proposed line, is calling on Maryland legislators to raise the gas tax during its July special session so that the line that will link Montgomery and Prince George's counties will be able to proceed.

Purple Line Now, a nonprofit organization formed in 2002, proposed a gas tax hike to help replenish the transporation trust fund.

"Maryland motorists have been getting a cheaper and cheaper ride since 1992, the last time the gas tax was raised," Purple Line Now member Ralph Bennett said. "Gas prices have fallen 60 cents since April - now is the time to add a small amount to the price of gas to fund the transit projects and roads all Marylanders need."

Funding the Purple Line will affect more people than working on gambling legislation during the special session, according to the letter from Purple Line Now.

"At the top of the state's priority list is an unsustainable shortfall in transportation funding which cannot be ignored any longer," the letter reads. "The failure to act on this matter will have catastrophic economic ramifications for each of the state's 24 jurisdictions and every resident of our Free State."

The letter also included signatures from Red Line Now, Action Committee for Transit, Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance and Corridor Cities Transitway Coalition.

Sonia Dasgupta June 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Would you be for an increase in the gas tax, if it meant that the purple line would be developed?
Sammi June 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I hope the purple line goes away and never rears its ugly head. What a tragedy to take a treasure like the Capitol Crescent Trail and turn it into a transit way. The two uses will never be compatible.

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